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Thursday, July 28, 2022

Da Homey in Modern Dahomey: A Black American's Travels Through the Land of Vodun


 Da Homey in Modern Dahomey: A Black American's Travels Through the Land of Vodun is part memoir, part ethnography, part theoretical social science. This elegant and poignantly written work of literature explores my visit to Benin in January 2019 complete with full color photography by me. It is a rich and highly nuanced contribution to the body of information concerning the Vodun tradition of Benin and its cultural relevance to Humanity past, present, and future.

There is a particularly unique and inspiring message directed at the descendants of the prisoners of war who were shipped across the Atlantic on horrific bruise cruise lines to the Caribbean, North, Central, and South America.

In the spirit of cultural anthropologist, Zora Neale Hurston, I spent time speaking with Vodun priests and practitioners in Benin to deliver a message that will be a reference point for further exploration as other writers, researchers, and scientists (hard science and social science) catch up to what is written here in the years ahead.