Title:Rara! Vodou, Power, and Performance in Haiti and Its Diaspora
Rara is a vibrant annual street festival in Haiti, when followers of the Afro-Creolo religion called Vodou march loudly into public space to take an active role in politics. During the six weeks of Lent, Rara bands parade for miles, playing music, dancing, and performing rituals for Afro-Haitian spirits, for the ancestors, and for local 'big en.' This is a startling, stunning, and fascinating book about the blend of music, religion, and politics in Haitian culture. McAlister's mastery of many different ways of knowing makes this study an endless source of insight, intrigue, and inspiration. Rara! succeeds magnificently as an exploration into Rara rituals and Haitian music, but it also presents original and generative insights into every aspect of Haiti's past, present, and future...
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