Osun across the Waters: A Yoruba Goddess in Africa and the Americas

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Joseph M. Murphy, Mei-Mei Sanford
Indiana University Press, Oct 9, 2001 - Religion - 288 pages

├’sun is a brilliant deity whose imagery and worldwide devotion demand broad and deep scholarly reflection. Contributors to the ground-breaking Africa's Ogun, edited by Sandra Barnes (Indiana University Press, 1997), explored the complex nature of Ogun, the orisa who transforms life through iron and technology. ├’sun across the Waters continues this exploration of Yoruba religion by documenting ├’sun religion. ├’sun presents a dynamic example of the resilience and renewed importance of traditional Yoruba images in negotiating spiritual experience, social identity, and political power in contemporary Africa and the African diaspora.


The 17 contributors to ├’sun across the Waters delineate the special dimensions of ├’sun religion as it appears through multiple disciplines in multiple cultural contexts. Tracing the extent of ├’sun traditions takes us across the waters and back again. ├’sun traditions continue to grow and change as they flow and return from their sources in Africa and the Americas.

 

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Contents

Osun the Seventeenth Odu
10
The Polysemy of Ochun in AfroCuban Tradition
34
Yoruba Sacred Kingship and Civil Religion in Osogbo Nigeria
46
In This City Everyone Is Oxums
68
6 Mae Menininha
84
Ochun in a Cuban Mirror
87
An Insight into Yoruba Religious Symbology
102
The Ochun Altar in Lucumı AestheticTradition
113
12 Ochun in the Bronx
155
African American Women in Devotion to Osun
165
The Seeing Eyes of Sacred Shells and Stones
189
Reflections of Gender and Sexuality in Brazilian Umbanda
213
16 An Oxum Shelters Children in Sao Paulo
230
Osun Mami Wata and Olokun in the Lives of Four Contemporary Nigerian Christian Women
237
Oshuns Art in AtlanticContext
251
Contributors
263

10 Authority and Discourse in the Orin Odun Osun
128
Osun and the Origins of the Ifa Divination
141

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About the author (2001)

Joseph Murphy is associate professor in the Theology Department at Georgetown University. He is the author of Santeria: An African Religion in North America and Working the Spirit: Ceremonies of the African Diaspora.
Mei-Mei Sanford received her doctorate in Religion and Society from Drew University. She was a Fulbright Fellow in Nigeria. She currently does research in Nigeria and in African-American and Yoruba expatriate religious communities in the United States.

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