Vodou, Power, and Performance in Haiti and Its Diaspora

by Elizabeth McAlister

Rara is a vibrant annual street festival in Haiti, when followers of the Afro-Creole religion called Vodou march loudly into public space to take an active role in politics. Working deftly with highly original ethnographic material, Elizabeth McAlister shows how Rara bands harness the power of Vodou spirits and the recently dead to broadcast coded points of view with historical, gendered, and transnational dimensions.

  • University of California Press; January 2002
  • ISBN: 9780520926745
  • Edition: 1
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  • Title: Rara!
  • Author: Elizabeth McAlister
  • Imprint: University of California Press