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Orin Orisa: Songs for Selected Heads. New Revised and Revised Edition, with CD. (New)
by Mason, John
Publisher: Yoruba Theological Archministry
Binding: Paperback with CD
Book ID: 9781881244141, 1881244148
New, expanded edition, and now includes a CD of chants.
This is the first comprehensive translation and review of close to 600 Yoruba songs that have been used in Cuba, by Africans and their descendents, for over two hundred years, and in the U.S. since 1960, to praise and invoke some 25 orisa/deities. The classical character of the music, songs, and historic/elemental archetypes is discussed fully.
This edition includes a 38-page b&w and 12-page color photo insert containing many rare and never-before-published photographs. A CD with a sample of songs is included.
"Study of African religion in the New World has changed in focus and methodological approaches... Mason's Orin Orisa... takes his reader inside the Yoruba pantheon of deities and discusses the meaning of the Yoruba names of these deities. In short, this book contains a wealth of information unavailable until now and sets the tone for a new trend of research in African religion, on the continent as well as in the diaspora... Strongly recommended." -- Choice Review, December 1992
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