Timothy R. Landry - both practitioner and anthropologist - gives a thorough and spellbinding account of contemporary Vodún in Benin, West Africa. Examining the growing popularity of Vodún in our transnational world, he explores how traditional practitioners and priests meet the challenge of the increasing popularity of the religion. Highlighting the legacies of colonialism and racialization, he shows how both priests and tourists negotiate the transfer of secret knowledge, and the relationship between authenticity, secrecy and monetary value.
Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019. Hardback with dustjacket, x+201 pages. New.
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