Sex and the Empire That Is No More: Gender and the Politics of Metaphor in Oyo Yoruba Religion

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Berghahn Books, May 1, 2005 - Social Science - 320 pages

J. Lorand Matory researches the trans-Atlantic comings and goings of Yoruba religion, as well as ethnic diversity in Black North America. With the support of the National Science Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Spencer Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Education's Fulbright-Hays Fellowship, he has conducted extensive field research in Brazil, Nigeria, and the United States. Dr. Matory is also the author of Black Atlantic Religion: Tradition, Transnationalism and Matriarchy in the Afro-Brazilian CandomblÚ (Princeton University Press). He is currently researching a book on the history and experience of Nigerians, Trinidadians, Ethiopians, black Indians, Louisiana Creoles and other ethnic groups that make up black North American society. It focuses on the creative coexistence of these groups at the United States' leading "historically Black university"—Howard University

 

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Contents

Chapter 1 A Ritual History
1
Chapter 2 The Oyo Renaissance
28
Chapter 3 Igboho in the Age of Abiola
62
Chapter 4 A Ritual Biography
97
Chapter 5 Engendering Power
133
Chapter 6 Redressing Gender
179
Chapter 7 Conclusion
226
Appendix I
243
Appendix II
252
Appendix III
253
Appendix IV
265
Appendix V
267
Bibliography
271
Index
285
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J. Lorand Matory is Professor of Anthropology and of African and African American Studies at Harvard University.

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