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Reflecting on the Iyaworaje

By • Aug 31st, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Another summer by the wayside, a fresh new semester upon us, and yet more questions than answers for my research. While in July I found myself contemplating the diverse backgrounds of Santería practitioners, my exploration of the topic during the past month has led me to a fascination with a similarity that they share in entering…
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Diversity Epitomized

By • Jul 31st, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

The month of July has been an exciting one for my research, a month during which I have been able to further foster connections with adherents of Santería and expand my knowledge of the religious tradition itself. As might be evident through my previous posts, my research has shifted from its naive beginnings in my efforts to follow…
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Writing Ethnographic Wrongs

By • Jun 30th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

My month of June could easily be summarized as four weeks filled with vexation, to say the least. As I’ve continued to explore the issue of bundanga in works concerning Santería, I have become much more intimate with the language used to express it. Admittedly, the writing of these pieces has become somewhat of a fixation for me as,…
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The Question of Bundanga

By • May 31st, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

As the month of May draws to a close, I can happily say that I have already accomplished quite a bit, immersing myself ever further into the literature surrounding Afro-Caribbean religious traditions. This being said, new dilemmas continue to present themselves to me daily, the most prominent being that of bundanga. Bundanga is a term used within communities…
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Have Ghede, Will Travel: An Examination of Ancestor Veneration Among Vodouisants in Boston

By • Apr 15th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

My honors thesis aims to explore the concept and practice of ancestor veneration among Vodouisants in the Boston, Massachusetts area. It is my hope to learn from the adherents of this religious tradition and come to understand the manner in which they view the world. Complementing this endeavor will be my exploration of ancestor veneration…
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