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(Re)Writing Osun: Osun in the Politics of Gender, Race and Sexuality - From Colonization to Creolization
Contributor(s): Alarcon, Jessica M. (Author)

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ISBN: 0979219701     ISBN-13: 9780979219702
Publisher: Torkwase Press Inc.
OUR PRICE: $21.25  

Binding Type: Paperback
Published: June 2008
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BISAC Categories:
- Religion | Sexuality & Gender Studies
Physical Information: 0.5" H x 5.4" W x 8.3" (0.55 lbs) 183 pages
Features: Bibliography, Illustrated, Maps, Table of Contents
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Publisher Description:
Known to practitioners and scholars as the Yoruba goddess of sweet (waters), sensuality, fertility and delight, Osun is a deity of great controversy. Nigerians see her as an astute, responsible mother of many children, yet across the ocean in the New World she has become a promiscuous, fun-loving deity who abandons her children and gives them to Yemaya to raise. Alarcns research analyzes the diverse representations of Osun (as a metaphor for women) found in trans-national Yoruba literature, specifically the verses of Odu Ifa (divination poetry) and Apataki (stories/legends), and examines the roles gender, race and sexuality have played in cultural interpretations of Osun and therefore on the journey of women throughout the diaspora. (Re)Writing Osun challenges us to move beyond the remnants of limited colonial interpretations of African spiritual practices and begin the process of (re)writing OsunS narrative. Book includes color photographs
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