ANTH 209 Lecture Notes - Lecture 2: Loa

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A narrative analysis of the religious practice of haitian vodou. Relationships between human beings and the lwa. Spirits are human-like and come and go as they please. Lwa are larger than life, but not other". Use of bodies in very thorough ways. Forging relationships between people and spirits (based on need) Collection of things that give the world a meaningful order. Vodou is about relationships and making a community. Transactions between people and spirits are what really matter. What happens makes you a good vodou practitioner. Healing, meaning, making sense of one"s place in the world. Vodou is not exclusive (practice catholicism and still serve the spirits)

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