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I cavalieri divini del vudùLl Viola and David Lynch Her work is visionary and points the way for art films that are neither narrative Divine Horsemen is perhaps the classic work seriously treating the religious world of Haitian Vodoun It has long been sitting on my shelf and I am normously gratified to have finally gotten to it Over the years I have come to know Deren s work as an Cruel And Unusual experimental filmmaker through her striking works such as Ritual in Transfigured Time which clearly deeply influenced artists like Bill Viola and David Lynch Her work is visionary and points the way for art films that are neither narrative nor documentary and the failure of our culture to pick up on and support other possibilities of cinema is a great loss I digress but only in part because Deren herself recounts in thearly pages of the book the significance of feeling marginalized by the mercantile character of European and American culture and her conseuent sympathy for the lower class Haitians who populate this book Like them she feels that those things about life that she most values are regarded with scorn and rejection by the majority culture and she was disposed to sympathize with their point of view significantly And this she did with great gusto Having travelled to Haiti to make sound recordings and film Haitian Vodoun dances she found herself Spanish Fasttrack For Keyboard Vol 2 enthralled by the phenomenon andnded up participating with increasing Anytime enthusiasm no pun intended in the ceremonies By the time she left after several months she was a deep believer in the spiritual and psychological validity of the phenomenon of Haitian Vodoun and it is from that vantage point that she writes her account One one level this book is largely a conventional anthropological field study or at least aspires to be Deren is only too aware of her lack of training in that regard but nevertheless describes the rituals and beliefs of Vodoun in a fairly conventional way She introduces us to the fascinating andxtraordinary pantheon of loa or ancestor spirits cum deities who take possession of devotees such Legba of the crossroads Damballah the celestial serpent and unforgettably Papa Ghede the Hermes like death clown who bridges the worlds of the living and the dead with his irrepressible joie de mourir to coin a phrase She then describes the stages of initiation in the Vodoun cult the functions of the priesthood and various rituals that she observed Increasingly as the book went on I became as occupied with Deren s character as much as the book she was describing It seems to me she makes an interesting and illuminating case study in the phenomenon of conversion in the William James sense In part because she lacks a larger disciplinary theoretical framework in writing this book she is manifestly working out her own understanding of what it is Heidegger exactly that she herself hasxperienced and offering an apology of sorts against what she imagines to be the constant suspicion of her reader that we are simply talking about a primitive superstition I would say the book shows its age I believe it was written in 1052 It is unfortunate the book was written before she could make use of the structural anthropology of Claude Levi Strauss which I think would have been a great support to her which would have great support to her which would have only added clarity to her thinking but also helped her to understand that she is not the first person to recognize for Lost Cities From The Ancient World example that the latent structures of ritual recapitulate implicit metaphysical statements of considerable sophistication which bely the often crude character of the manifest content of religious rites Thexperienced reader of comparative religions may find themselves impatient at times as I did at seeing her Ninja Girls 6 excavate and struggle to articulate general truths of the discipline that we already know perfectly well and here I think she would have really benefited fromstudy Given that she positions herself uite consciously as a kind of outsider artistthnographer it s unfortunate that she wrote what was in so many respects an The Invaders entirely conventional account When writing abstractly about the myths of the loa or the various drums forxample she is writing against her own gifts which are creative and The Great Book Of Bombers expressive and it becomes a bit of a slog It is all too rare that she allows herself to give direct accounts of her ownxperiences and when she does the nergy level goes way up Nonetheless this book is a classic for a reason The phenomenon she chronicles is poorly known and under studied and is completely fascinating for any number of reasons It s a very worthwhile read In January 2016 I attended a Voudoun ceremony in the countryside outside of Jacmel in southern Haiti Alhough I was captivated by what I xperienced the nergy of the crowd the drumbeats the jerky movements of the possessed I couldn t make heads or tails of what was going on Deren s beautifully and sympathetically written thnographic study helped me understand in retrospect what was happening Deren s beautifully and sympathetically written The Fit For Life Cookbook ethnographic study helped me understand in retrospect what was happening why Her analysis of how African and New World mystical ideas plus a dash of Christia In January 2016 I attended a Voudoun ceremony in the countryside outside of Jacmel in southern Haiti Alhough I was captivated by what Ixperienced the Marley energy of the crowd the drumbeats the jerky movements of the possessed I couldn t make heads or tails of what was going on Deren s beautifully and sympathetically writtenthnographic study helped me understand in retrospect what was happening and why Her analysis of how African and New World mystical ideas plus a dash of Christianity gave birth to a new re. Deren si trova presto coinvolta nei riti notturni Dopo i canti di apertura gli inchini The Berenstain Bears And The Shaggy Little Pony e i passi tradizionali vede lo houngan intonare l invocazione a Damballah il grande dio serpente Tra i bagliori dei fuochi sente levarsi i tamburi Assiste a una danza simile all acua in cui i corpi fluttuando si chinano lentamente verso terra convergendo al centro come un unica magica corrente Ma Maya Deren non si limita a osservare alla fine del suo percorso iniziatico sperimenta la possessione le viene assegnato uno spirito guida Erzulie la divinit dell aSecondo il vud infatti lo spirito che in ciascuno di noi non perisce insieme al corpo ma pu diventare un loa uno spirito sacro sostituirsi temporanea. ,


Westerners generally think of Haitian Vodou as something to fear It s unfortunate Haitian Vodou is a way of life that ncompasses unimaginable beauty strength grace faith and morality Maya Deren generously gives the reader a window into a profound world of love commitment and surrender This book is very well written I Max And Zoe At The Library enjoyed the documentary based on the booktoo I found it to be a bit too academic and a bit boring in some parts I am struggling to finish the last few chapter as it started out good but not as good towards to thend Don t know if I ll bother Who knew voodoo could be so incredibly boring Maybe it s Deren s writing style which approximates that of an insecure graduate student i found myself skipping ntire pages of hemming and hawing It is a good introduction to the subject More than sixty years after its initial publication Deren s study of Haitian Voudoun remains a justifiable classic of thnographic methodology With unwavering respect for the reality of the religion s assertions for its practitioners she skillfully demystifies the rituals and meanings of Voudoun a task which sadly remains as necessary today as it was in 1953 Her artistically inflected recollection of personal observation and participatory xperience informed by then current anthropologi More than sixty years after its initial publication Deren s study of Haitian Voudoun remains a justifiable classic of thnographic methodology With unwavering respect for the reality of the religion s assertions for its practitioners she skillfully demystifies the rituals and meanings of Voudoun a task which sadly remains as necessary today as it was in 1953 Her artistically inflected recollection of personal observation and participatory Max And Zoe At The Dentist experience informed by then current anthropological literature conveys thessential cosmological and metaphysical underpinnings of the practices which constitute Voudoun as a comprehensive way of life as well as the converging historical trajectories through which those practices have come to take their current variety of forms Brilliant sensitive Max And Zoe At The Doctor ethnography of Haitian VouDoun gods and practices by Maya Deren anxperimental filmmaker of the 1940 s and 1950 s Deren s fresh intellectual yet non academic treatment of VouDoun has kept me up past my bedtime all week reading about the loa possession by gods magic zombies and the synthesis of African and West Indian religious beliefs and practices into modern day Hatian VouDoun Excellent reading Haitian Religion 101 it s notLet s suppose you don t know anything about Islam Would you turn to a debate between two scholars of the Sharia to get your basic knowledge Or maybe if you didn t know anything about Judaism would you turn to Maimonides discussion of the impossibility of absolute finality The same uestion can be asked of Maya Deren s incredible deep detailed book on Haitian religion a religion taken largely from West Africa Although Deren an artist and film maker writ Haitian Religion 101 it s notLet s suppose you don t know anything about Islam Would you turn to a debate between two scholars of the Sharia to get your basic knowledge Or maybe if you didn t know anything about Judaism would you turn to Maimonides discussion of the impossibility of absolute finality The same Judaism would you turn to Maimonides discussion of the impossibility of absolute finality The same can be asked of Maya Deren s incredible deep detailed book on Haitian religion a religion taken largely from West Africa Although Deren an artist and film maker writes passionately and intellectually about her subject she assumes far too much knowledge on the part
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the reader I found book incredibly dense full of details which I could not possibly remember yet giving me no uarter Helpful Tractor explaining nothing to me in terms that I could come to grips with I can bemotional in practice but in reading a book on a rather new subject for me I prefer some intellectual It S Alright explanation some connection to the web of knowledge all readers of books like this do share Deren waxes philosophical lyrical and psychological in turn It is hard to know how to absorb it all She describes the symbolic and mythological significance of the many West African deities found in Haiti trying also toxplain how the New World reuired new meanings in some cases Her argument that Africans absorbed some Indian influence seems rather frail She also describes the role of the houngan or priest of Vodun the importance of drums and drumming the fact of possessionLook let s be brief If you already know a lot about West African religion or its New World variants and if you want a detailed analysis in a non standard anthropological form then this could be a five star book for you Her passion her scholarship deserve five stars for sure The best thing about the book is its insistence that Voudoun or Vodun is a rich vital religion with ancient roots so far from the caricature often imposed on Voodoo by Western popular culture On the other hand if you want to knowabout Haitian society if you are looking for an anthropological work that will give you some operating knowledge in Haiti or about Haiti this volume is going to prove far too rich for your blood Try some of the other works on Haiti first Divine Horsemen is perhaps the classic work seriously treating the religious world of Haitian Vodoun It has long been sitting on my shelf and I am The Political Economy Of Ngos enormously gratified to have finally gotten to it Over the years I have come to know Deren s work as anxperimental filmmaker through her striking works such as Ritual in Transfigured Time which clearly deeply influenced artists like Bi. Come un richiamo ancestrale il sonaglio sacro del vud fende l aria con un suono ipnotico rauco o stridulo che si ripete prolungato si unisce ai versi degli animali rincorre l oscurit per raggiungere un altro universo uello dei morti un oggetto di fabbricazione semplice una zucca la cui cavit viene riempita di ossa di serpenti la cui superficie viene adornata con perle che mollemente ne ricalcano i contorni Solo lo houngan il sacerdote pu utilizzarlouando Maya Deren nel da New York approda a Haiti il vud ancora la religione dominante The Pup S Tale e lei una giovane regista di film sperimentali d avanguardia Il suo sguardo di artista viene catturato subito da uel conturbante pantheon di divinit Maya.

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Ligion is fascinating And her descriptions of the rites honoring the loa are beautifully rendered the feast of Agw is a standout Highly recommended reading for anyone with an interest in Haiti or thnography in general Even if this were just a straightforward overview of Haitian Voudoun it would be amazing Maya Deren obviously did a vast amount of research to accompany her fieldwork in Haiti which included becoming an accepted member of a Haitian village She knows what she s talking about In addition to this are her incredibly intelligent observations of how Voudoun shapes Ca N De Juchipila each Haitian village the differences between primitive and modern religions and how that changes its society and vice versa De Even if this were just a straightforward overview of Haitian Voudoun it would be amazing Maya Deren obviously did a vast amount of research to accompany her fieldwork in Haiti which included becoming an accepted member of a Haitian village She knows what she s talking about In addition to this are her incredibly intelligent observations of how Voudoun shapesach Haitian village the differences between primitive and modern religions and how that changes its society and vice versa Deren s insight brings the book from being just a book about Haitian Voudoun to a book about how religion operates in a village society Maya Deren rocked up in Haiti in 1947 with British Imperial Policy And Decolonization 1938 64 eighteen crates of videouipment and a plan to film some local dances At the age of 30 she had already won the Grand Prix Internationale at Cannes and had just divorced her second husband No time to lose this one Now she wanted to do something different something related to her love of choreography and Economics And Empire 1830 1914 ethnographic researchWhat she found in Haiti was what a lot of her bright restless arty friends in the US were looking for a complete aut Maya Deren rocked up in Haiti in 1947 withighteen crates of video The Popular Revolutions Of The Late Middle Ages euipment and a plan to film some local dances At the age of 30 she had already won the Grand Prix Internationale at Cannes and had just divorced her second husband No time to lose this one Now she wanted to do something different something related to her love of choreography andthnographic researchWhat she found in Haiti was what a lot of her bright restless arty friends in the US were looking for a complete authentic spiritual system unburdened by the baggage of Western religion and one that put physical movement and personal contact with the divine at the heart of the spiritual process Her project thus shifted from being about dance to being about her integration into vodou societyIf Divine Horsemen had been written today it would be written as a personal journey undoubtedly with one of those normous subtitles that the American publishing industry loves so much like Divine Horsemen How I Uncovered the Secrets of Voodoo Met God and Learned to Love My Inner Zombie Instead what we get is something ironically altogetherdispassionate a meticulous description of a religious practice and its associated worldview Though Deren clearly participated in a lot of vodou ceremonies over many years the first person pronouns are refreshingly rare and she limits herself to talking about the religion per se rather than how she was drawn into itThe one xception to this is her account of when she was mounted by a lwa that is to say when she was possessed by one of the vodou deities It s an The Empty Room extraordinary passage and Deren wisely withholds it to the final section by which time she has set up the overarching philosophy so well that the reader is ready to accept what she is sayingven if like me you are inclined to interpret the Guildcraft experience in psychosomatic termsOther moments are harder for Deren or her reader toxplain At one point Ghede a spirit of death and misrule possesses a mambo roughly a priestess during a ceremony to heal a seriously ill child Deren relates the following Love Above All exotic incident male pronouns are used when a male lwa is inhabiting a body He took the blood of the goat and undressing the child anointed her with it Then singing fervently he reached down between his legs and brought forth in his cupped palm a handful of fluid with which he washed the child It was not urine And though it would seem impossible that this should be so since it was a female body which he had possessed it was a seminaljaculation Again and again he gave of that life fluid and bathed the child with it while the mambos and hounsis sang and wept with gratitude for this ultimate gestureThe child survived Moments like this make you aware of the The Eye Of Horus extraordinary flexibility with which vodou canndow gender there are also regular sacred marriages for Adulthood And Aging example between a woman and a male lwa who during the service happens to be mounted in a female bodyBut such bizarreries aside Deren s real value is inlucidating theeveryday aspects of practising vodou the physicality of it the centrality of rhythmic movement and the deep spirituality that can be induced through repetitive dance she is very sensitive to these matters and makes several perceptive comparisons to the different moods brought about by dancing a waltz rather than a rumbaBy the time she left Haiti Deren had during some uick but productive trips home picked up husband number three who would Emergency Care And Transportation Of The Sick And Injured With Access C eventuallydit the rushes of her Haitian trip together into the film of Divine Horsemen 1985 which was releasedthan twenty Years After Deren S Death after Deren s death was a remarkable person and this is a remarkable book creative self ffacing generous FULL OF SOMETHING THAT FEELS A of something that feels a like wisdom December 2017. Mente a chi ancora in vita attraverso la possessione allora che i cavalieri divini si impadroniscono dell iniziato lo cavalcano Il prescelto pu cos accedere alla uinta dimensione uella dell The Ride eternit diventare pieno di dio ricreare in Terra il suo paradiso ricevendo dalle divinit ispirazione cura Marvel Firsts e consiglioCon I cavalieri divini del vud arricchito della prefazione di Joseph Campbell il Saggiatore restituisce al lettore una delle testimonianze a oggi pisaurienti sulla ritualit haitiana Maya Deren discostandosi dall approccio dell antropologia tradizionale iniziandoci ai misteri dell armonia cosmica trascrive una realt che come ogni archetipo mitologico vive nel cuore di ogni ssere uman.