Divine Horsemen: The Living Gods of Haiti

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McPherson, 1953 - History - 350 pages
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This is the classic, intimate study, movingly written with the special insight of direct encounter, which was first published in 1953 by the fledgling Thames & Hudson firm in a series edited by Joseph Campbell. Maya Deren's Divine Horsemen is recognized throughout the world as a primary source book on the culture and spirituality of Haitian Voudoun. The work includes all the original photographs and illustrations, glossary, appendices and index. It includes the original Campbell foreword along with the foreword Campbell added to a later edition.

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This is definitely more of an academically written book so it's pretty dry. There's lots of good information but also a little dated. Things in Haiti have changed dramatically since this was written, especially due to the earthquake. Read full review

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More than sixty years after its initial publication, Deren's study of Haitian Voudoun remains a justifiable classic of ethnographic methodology. With unwavering respect for the reality of the religion ... Read full review

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About the author (1953)

Maya Deren's immigrated to the United States with her parents, grew up mainly in Syracuse, New York, and attended Syracuse University. A social activist from her teens, she became interested in dance and then in filmmaking. Throughout the 1950s, until her death in 1961, Maya was a leading exponent of experimental cinema and considered one of the most influential artists. She traveled to Haiti in 1947, which led to the classic ethnographic study, Divine Horsemen. A two-hour documentary on her life and work was produced for BBC television in 1987.

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