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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Crocker, Elizabeth Thomas
Author's Email Address ethoma4@lsu.edu
URN etd-04092008-014603
Title A Trinity of Beliefs and a Unity of the Sacred: Modern Vodou Practices in New Orleans
Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Department Geography & Anthropology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Miles Richardson Committee Chair
Helen Regis Committee Member
William Rowe Committee Member
Keywords
  • liminal spaces
  • creole religion
  • syncretic religion
  • New Orleans
  • hybridity
  • sacred spaces
  • Voodoo
  • Vodou
Date of Defense 2008-04-01
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
This thesis explores the ways in which Vodou is practiced in New Orleans today. Tourism has capitalized off the exotic appeal of Vodou but that does not rule out the actual practice of the religion in these public retail settings. Generations of New Orleanians have been raised in the religion and while their practices are often secret, Vodou lies beneath the surface of spaces and events going on in the city. Immigrants and converts that have been trained in Haitian Vodou have come into New Orleans, influencing and interacting with the spirituality of the Crescent City. These practices separate themselves into different spheres but they intersect along a web of shared meanings, symbols and spaces. The hybridity of Vodou in New Orleans means that the believersí history and the present is constantly being reinterpreted and recreated while still maintaining meaningful ties to the past.
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