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Arts and Religions of Haiti

Arts and Religions of Haiti

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How the Sun Illuminates Under Cover of Darkness

By: LeGrace Benson

In departing from the usual Haitian Art or Haitian Religion books, Benson explains the relationship of Haitian art to the culture and uniquely describes the intersection, interrelation and influence of Judaism and Christianity as well as Taíno and Islamic traces and the effects of both Masonic and Rosicrucian orders in shaping Vodou’s belief system and rituals.

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…it awakens an appreciation for the imagination and creativity of the Haitian artists even in those whose provincialism would limit their preferences to the Western artistic tradition.”

Professor Leslie Desmangles

Professor of Religion and International Studies

Trinity University

Modern Haitian art has for decades enthralled aficionados and general art lovers alike.  In Arts and Religions of Haiti: How the Sun Illuminates Under Cover of Darkness, Haitian Scholar, LeGrace Benson presents a rich examination of the artists and arts of Haiti, and the complex history and religious practices of the Haitian people through the creative productions of its craftsmen, painters and sculptors.

In departing from the usual Haitian Art or Haitian Religion books, Benson explains the relationship of Haitian art to the culture and uniquely describes the intersection, interrelation and influence of Judaism and Christianity as well as Taíno and Islamic traces and the effects of both Masonic and Rosicrucian orders in shaping Vodou’s belief system and rituals. In the face of mainstream media’s titillating depictions of an imagined “Voodoo”, Benson presents Haiti’s deeply spiritual artists bringing forth energetic visions of healing, liberation and tranquillity through fascinating art works which manifest the creativity and undaunted hope of this complex nation.

Heralded by scholars as an important addition to Haitian Studies, Arts and Religions of Haiti: How the Sun Illuminates Under Cover of Darkness is the culmination of years of research and field study. It opens new areas of study and scholarly research and is a remarkable source of information on Haitian culture and religion but also an invaluable resource for art historians, anthropologists, historians and sociologists interested in Caribbean and African religions.

 

Additional information

Weight 4 lbs
Dimensions 11 x 8.5 in
ISBN:

978-976-637-730-4

Pages:

328

Binding:

Hardback

Publication Date:

June 2015

About the Author

LeGrace Benson is Professor Emerita of SUNY-Empire State College and currently Director of the Arts of Haiti Research Project. She has been engaged in the study of Haiti for over 30 years and is Associate Editor of the Journal of Haitian Studies.  A member of the Haitian Studies Association since its first conference, and currently Vice President of the Board, Professor Benson is also a Director of KOSANBA, a scholarly association for the study of Haitian Vodou. 

Contents

1. A Long View o fthe Religious Panorama
2. Trace Elements in the Long Conversations of Religions
– Trace Elements: The Taino Memory
– Trace Elements: The Islamic Matrix
– Trace Elements: The Jewish Presence in Haiti
3. Freemasonry and Its Close Relations
4. Other Talk about Religions
5. The Big Religious Conversations: Christianity
-Iberia and France Encounter Kiskeya: Christian Imagery
6. The Big Religious Conversations: Vodou
7. The Eclectic Ecumenical Religious Expressions of Contemporary Haitian Artists

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