Ahobobo: On the Sacramental Imagination in West Africa, Benin, 2006-2008
By: Yanick St. Jean (author)Paperback
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"Les ecoles Catholiques? C'est une bonne chose...Beaucoup de cadres de ce pays sont passes par la...Nous voulons aussi que l'ecole des vodunsi connaisse le jour." We hear a dignitary of Vodou confirm the force of Catholicism in Benin. Other voices also define the contours of Catholicism; some seeing it as open to otherness and inculturated practice, and some see its limitations. "Positive Vodou" (intuition of Mawu) is compatible with Catholicism, but not the "system Vodou." Intellectual voices, aware of extended family and illnesses chief role in upholding the traditional, debate the value of inculturation. This work addresses the relationship between the Catholic imagination, acceptance of the other, and -- using the case of Haitian- and African-Americans -- suggests the concept is a useful tool for the study of diasporic cultures.
Yanick St. Jean, PhD is the author of several journal articles, chapters, and the book Double Burden: Black Women and Everyday Racism (with Joe Feagin).
Chapter 1 Acknowledgements Chapter 2 1 Divine in the World Chapter 3 2 Why West Africa? Chapter 4 3 Presentation of Sacramental Self Chapter 5 4 Pluralism and the Extended Family Chapter 6 5 What we learned Chapter 7 Appendixes Chapter 8 Glossary Chapter 9 Bibliography Chapter 10 About the Author
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