African Narratives of Orishas, Spirits and Other Deities - Stories from West Africa and the African Diaspora: A Journey Into the Realm of Deities, SPI

African Narratives of Orishas, Spirits and Other Deities - Stories from West Africa and the African Diaspora: A Journey Into the Realm of Deities, SPI

by Alex Cuoco

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Acknowledging that the Yorùbá are one of the largest and most important groups of people in West Africa, apart from its value as a cultural treasure, African Narratives of Orishas, Spirits and Other Deities will also delight the readers with its wealth of information on Yorùbá/Vodun religious beliefs which are told in a spirited form with humor and poetry. Every page reveals the different deeds and aspects of Yorùbá deities known as Òrìṣà, as well as a number of spirits and other deities. This stunning collection of narratives showcases the diversity of Yorùbá Òrìṣà culture and evokes the power of Àṣẹ. It gives West African deities their much deserved respect and place in world culture. In this collection, Alex Cuoco, specifically kept the text in a non-academic format to afford the reader a free flow of thought without interruptions to check notes. He also chose to use simple language throughout the book to make the texts understandable and valuable to the general reader, as well as, making it a great contribution to the informed. The narratives and all other supporting topics in this work examine Òrìṣà/Vodun beliefs in cultures in Nigeria, Benin, Togo, as well as, the Angola/Congo Nkisi deities, thus creating a cross-cultural foundation for spiritual learning and gaining of wisdom and knowledge. (Contains an extensive glossary).

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ISBN-13: 9781478724513
Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.
Publication date: 03/16/2014
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 990
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.95(d)

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I highly advice people to read this book.Specially those interested in African Studies who are seeking one major source for what is often considered a very complex subject. Alex Cuoco should be praised for his extensive research and hard work he put in this book...This book is an excellent source for those interested in African Folklore, Mysticism and the various Yoruba traditions & is most likely to become a favorite reference for Africa aficionados........
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An excellent collection of Orishas narratives from West Africa. This work by author Alex Cuoco is a must read by all who are interested in African cultures of the gods and spirits. This 990 pages masterpiece contains additional topics which provides the reader with a wealth of information on Orisha, Vodun and Nkisi beliefs and culture. I highly recommend this book to all. Sir James Holton
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book! Learned many things from it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't put this wonderful book down! It has a huge amount of detailed information on Orisha religion. I have never learned so much from a single book. It is excellent!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Carine Engelbrecht for Readers' Favorite African Narratives of Orishas, Spirits and Other Deities by Alex Cuoco introduces readers to the multi-patterned tapestry of West African myths and legends. Before the bulk of the collection kicks off, the Orishas and their spheres of influence are introduced in a section entitled 'Cast of Characters,' which is very useful to refer back to, should you get lost - and it is hard not to get lost in such a rich and detailed report. In the first section, the adventures and misadventures of the Orishas themselves take center stage. Here we meet figures such as Esu the trickster, the seductive Osun, and Olodumare, the chief god of the Yoruba. Some are wise, while others may be driven by vanities and other passions. Primarily, they dispense punishments and rewards, but their methods and their priorities might be very individual. For example, the intrigues of Oya's relations with Ogun and Sango, and Logunede's gender bending love affairs might remind you of a daytime soap opera. In the second section, interactions with other spirits and deities are chronicled. The third section of the book lifts the veil on various beliefs about spirituality and magic that underlie the mythology, while the fourth section discusses the influences of different Orishas on their devotees.  African Narratives of Orishas, Spirits and Other Deities by Alex Cuoco  can serve as a valuable resource and reference guide to anyone who is interested in the mythology and folklore of West Africa. It also offers insight into the roots and origins of Vodun, popularly known as Voodoo, as a belief system and in the fragmented heritage of the diaspora of Africa, as encountered in the West Indies and the Americas. Students of world mythology in general might be interested in exploring the echoes of various universal themes found also in the narratives of the Yoruba. At the heart of it, the Orishas and other deities represent timeless archetypes and the role of these archetypes is discussed in the final section of the book. Different members of the pantheon are connected with different personality types, somewhat how we ascribe different characteristics to different signs of the zodiac. There is even a place for gender ambiguity in the cosmic dramas played out by the Orishas.
NeriNM More than 1 year ago
Excelent book, this is exceptional work, this is the only work on this suect that I have seen written with such detail, passion and respect for various religions that go along with the African beliefs ar
OnaAdewo More than 1 year ago
This is simply the best book on Yoruba Orisha traditional religion ever published! This book is a bountiful font of information and will help the beginner as well as those who are initiated into the Yoruba religion of orishas, to understand it all, and acquired a deeper knowledge and respect to a culture that have, for a long time, being well misunderstood! Please, buy this book, read it all the way to the end, and read it again until you gain its ashe and knowledge, which is vital to todays understanding of our current affairs! I recommend this book to everyone and all those who are lost and in doubt of their roots. Ashe!