Tell My Horse: Voodoo and Life in Haiti and Jamaica

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Travel - 336 pages
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“Strikingly dramatic, yet simple and unrestrained . . . an unusual and intensely interesting book richly packed with strange information.”

—New York Times Book Review

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 the ceremonies, customs, and superstitions of voodoo.


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User Review  - Ghost_Boy - LibraryThing

This is the type of book you'd probably never see me read if it was written by an author I didn't know. I love Zora Neale Hurston. This isn't her best book, but it's one that caught my interest. The ... Read full review

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User Review  - Eye_Gee - LibraryThing

I've been interested in Voudoon culture since reading "The Serpent & The Rainbow". Here is another book told by someone from outside, but wholly accepting, of the religion. Hurston spent a lot of time ... Read full review


Part I
The Roosters Nest
Curry Goat
Hunting the Wild
Night Song After Death
Women in the Caribbean
Part II
Archahaie and What It Means
Secte Rouge
Parlay Cheval Ou Tell My Horse
Graveyard Dirt and Other Poisons
Doctor Reser
God and the Pintards
Songs of Worship to Voodoo Gods

Rebirth of a Nation
The Next Hundred Years
The Black Joan of
Death of Leconte
Part III
Voodoo and Voodoo Gods
Isle de la Gonave
Miscellaneous Songs
Selected Bibliography
About the Author
About the Publisher

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Zora Neale Hurston was a novelist, folklorist, and anthropologist. She wrote four novels (Jonah’s Gourd Vine, 1934; Their Eyes Were Watching God, 1937; Moses, Man of the Mountain, 1939; and Seraph on the Suwanee, 1948); two books of folklore (Mules and Men, 1935, and Tell My Horse, 1938); an autobiography (Dust Tracks on a Road, 1942); an international bestselling nonfiction work (Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo,” 2018); and over fifty short stories, essays, and plays. She attended Howard University, Barnard College, and Columbia University and was a graduate of Barnard College in 1928. She was born on January 7, 1891, in Notasulga, Alabama, and grew up in Eatonville, Florida.

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