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Dancing Wisdom : Embodied Knowledge in Haitian Vodou, Cuban Yoruba, and Bahian Candomble - Yvonne Daniel

Dancing Wisdom

Embodied Knowledge in Haitian Vodou, Cuban Yoruba, and Bahian Candomble

Paperback Published: 10th August 2005
ISBN: 9780252072079
Number Of Pages: 348

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Concentrating on the Caribbean Basin and the coastal area of northeast South America, Yvonne Daniel considers three African-derived religious systems that rely heavily on dance behavior - Haitian Vodou, Cuban Yoruba, and Bahamian Candomble. Combining her background in dance and anthropology to parallel the participant/scholar dichotomy inherent to dancing's "embodied knowledge," Daniel examines these misunderstood and oppressed performative dances in terms of physiology, psychology, philosophy, mathematics, ethics, and aesthetics.

"Dancing Wisdom offers the rare opportunity to see into the world of mystical spiritual belief as articulated and manifested in ritual by dance. Whether it is a Cuban Yoruba dance ritual, slave Ring Shout or contemporary Pentecostal Holy Ghost possession dancing shout, we are able to understand the relationship with spirit through dancing with the Divine. Yvonne Daniel's work synthesizes the cognitive empirical objectivity of an anthropologist with the passionate storytelling of a poetic artist in articulating how dance becomes prayer in ritual for Africans of the Diaspora." Leon T. Burrows, Protestant Chaplain, Smith College

List of Illustrationsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Orthographic Notep. xv
Deciphering Diaspora Dances: Their Origin Nations and Belief Systemsp. 1
Body Knowledge at the Crossroadsp. 51
Days of Remembrancep. 94
Dances of Memoryp. 104
Praise Dance and Liturgical Ordersp. 148
Informal Learning with Haitian Lawsp. 163
Informal Learning with Bahian Orixasp. 188
Formal Learning with Cuban Orichasp. 205
The Dancing Body and Embodied Wisdomp. 246
Notesp. 281
Bibliographyp. 295
Indexp. 313
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ISBN: 9780252072079
ISBN-10: 0252072073
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 348
Published: 10th August 2005
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.57