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As a first-hand account of the weird mysteries and horrors of voodoo, Tell My Horse is an invaluable resource and fascinating guide. Based on Zora Neale Hurston's personal experiences in Haiti and Jamaica, where she participated as an initiate rather than just an observer of voodoo practices during her visits in the 1930s, this travelogue into a dark world paints a vividly authentic picture of ceremonies and customs and superstitions of great cultural interest.

Topics: Haiti, Jamaica, Caribbean, 1930s, Travelogue, Lyrical, Anthropology, Folk and Fairy Tales, Rituals, Symbolism, 20th Century, and Female Author

Published: HarperCollins on Oct 13, 2009
ISBN: 9780061847394
List price: $7.99
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Very vivid account of Hurston's travels through Jamaica and Haiti and herexploration of voodoo and related beliefs. Parts of the book dealing with Jamaica are fairly conventional travelogue, and her grim version of Haitian politics before the US intervention (which she regards as beneficial) may be controversial, but her participant-observer accounts of attending voodoo ceremonies are strikingly sympathetic for that period. She does report rumors of the cannibalistic "Secte Rouge" but regards it as separate from orthodox voodoo. She also is clearly aware that "zombies" are actually victims of poisoning, a fact whose "discovery" was widely hailed much more recently, but which was apparently the opinion of several qualified observers in Haiti in her day.read more
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This is one of the best acedemic 'insiders' view of real haitian vodou. This is a must have book for anyone in the religion, thinking about becoming a part of the religion, or simply curious about what is real and what is false.read more
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An amazing account of Africans in the diaspora
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Very vivid account of Hurston's travels through Jamaica and Haiti and herexploration of voodoo and related beliefs. Parts of the book dealing with Jamaica are fairly conventional travelogue, and her grim version of Haitian politics before the US intervention (which she regards as beneficial) may be controversial, but her participant-observer accounts of attending voodoo ceremonies are strikingly sympathetic for that period. She does report rumors of the cannibalistic "Secte Rouge" but regards it as separate from orthodox voodoo. She also is clearly aware that "zombies" are actually victims of poisoning, a fact whose "discovery" was widely hailed much more recently, but which was apparently the opinion of several qualified observers in Haiti in her day.
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This is one of the best acedemic 'insiders' view of real haitian vodou. This is a must have book for anyone in the religion, thinking about becoming a part of the religion, or simply curious about what is real and what is false.
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