240 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 14 color plates, 11 halftones
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-7401-8
Published: June 2023
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-7400-1
Published: June 2023
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-7402-5
Published: April 2023
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This innovative book centers on fashion and other forms of self-presentation, yet it draws together many strands of thought and practice, showing how religion is a multisensorial experience of engagement with what the gods want and demand from worshippers. Nwokocha's ethnographic work will challenge and enrich readers' understandings not only of Vodou and its place in Black religious experience but also of religion's entanglements with gender and sexuality, race, and the material and spiritual realms.
About the Author
Eziaku Atuama Nwokocha is assistant professor of religion at the University of Miami.
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"Nwokocha's superb work offers a much-needed corrective to previous scholarship that presents Vodou as a religion defined by poverty and precarity. Her skillful observations and thoughtful descriptions of the thoughts, desires, and delights of deities and devotees reveal the rich thought-world of Vodou as it is practiced today." —Dianne M. Stewart, Emory University
"This exciting and important book breaks new conceptual ground by linking one's manner of dress and bodily adornment to the formation of religious belief and community. Nwokocha's idea of 'spiritual vogue' centers on Vodou and other African-derived spiritual systems, but the implications of her work extend broadly into fields such as Africana studies, religious studies, gender and sexuality studies, and fashion studies."—Judith Casselberry, Bowdoin College
"Eziaku Nwokocha reveals worlds where the complexities and sophistication of Vodou are awash in sartorial splendor, and where the cosmic is but one dream away. In language of inspiring clarity, she shows readers how threads of belief, fashion, movement, and more are woven together in the practice of Vodou today.Simply put, a great book."—Houngan asogwe/Professor Patrick Bellegarde-Smith, author of Haiti: The Breached Citadel