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Author Pressley-Sanon, Toni, author

Title Istwa across the water : Haitian history, memory, and the cultural imagination / Toni Pressley-Sanon
Published Gainesville : University Press of Florida, [2017]
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Description 1 online resource (xvi, 195 pages) : illustrations
Contents A note on spelling -- Groundings: tidalectics, Marasa, and Istwa -- The changing same: bok{o}fíó across the sea -- Of Boci{o}, Bo, Cakatú, Zonbi, Nkisi, and Paket Kongo -- Boci{o}, Nkisi, Legba, Ogun, and Ghede across the water -- Tidalectical dishonor -- Epilogue: re-suturing or joining the parts to the whole
Summary Drawing on the belief system of Vodou, this project is anchored by three theoretical concepts: tidalectics, a term for the repetitive back-and-forth movement of the ocean, symbolizing ritual, balance, and cyclical unity; Marasa, or twinning, a principle of Vodou in which fragmented parts strive for remembrance and holism; and istwa, a Kreyol term whose meaning encompasses history, story, and memory
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 147-184) and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from resource home page (ProQuest Ebook Central, viewed August 24, 2017)
Subject Creole dialects, French -- Haiti.
Memory -- Social aspects -- Haiti.
Vodou -- Haiti.
Haiti -- History.
Haiti -- Religious life and customs.
Haiti -- Social life and customs.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0813052718 (electronic book)
9780813052717 (electronic book)