Vodou, Penises and Bones Ritual performances of death and eroticism in the cemetery and the junk yard of Port-au-Prince

  title={Vodou, Penises and Bones Ritual performances of death and eroticism in the cemetery and the junk yard of Port-au-Prince},
  author={Myron M. Beasley},
  journal={Performance Research},
  pages={41 - 47}
  • M. Beasley
  • Published 1 March 2010
  • Art
  • Performance Research
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