Incarnating Spirits, Composing Shrines, and Cooking Divine Power in Vodún

@article{Landry2016IncarnatingSC,
  title={Incarnating Spirits, Composing Shrines, and Cooking Divine Power in Vod{\'u}n},
  author={T. R. Landry},
  journal={Material Religion},
  year={2016},
  volume={12},
  pages={50 - 73}
}
Abstract In this article I consider the ways in which shrine building, adornment, and the resulting experience of secrecy that emanates from shrines supports the building of new transnational networks and diasporas that are beginning to encourage a conceptual expansion of the African-Atlantic world. To achieve this I focus on how strategic choices in ritual flexibility and experimentation in shrine-building work to support the transnationalization of religions such as Vodún as they move from… Expand
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