Doing the Mother's Work

Keith E. McNeal

in Trance and Modernity in the Southern Caribbean

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780813037363
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813042121 | DOI:
Doing the Mother's Work

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This chapter examines the topography of Indo-Creole Shakti worship in terms of social organization, ritual structure, and material culture, exploring its dynamic heterodox pantheon through the performances and personal experiences of practitioners. Sociosymbolic flexibility and personal contingency are built into the tradition's grassroots structure, as seen with Shango in Chapter Three. By providing an ethnographic overview of ecstatic Shakti Worship in contemporary Trinidad, the chapter establishes the foundation for an explicitly comparative consideration of Orisha Worship and Shakti Puja in Chapter Five.

Keywords: Kali; Puja; Shakti; Indo-Creole worship

Chapter.  20150 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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