Category: Summer/Autumn 2013

An Equilibrist Vodou Goddess

The Vodou spirit Ezili Freda represents an image of femininity defined by Haiti’s complex history. By Eziaku Atuama Nwokocha

Waking from a Dream

We honor Martin Luther King Jr. by applying his moral vision in the contemporary moment. By Jonathan L. Walton

The Silent Voices of African Divination

The special rapport between diviner and spirit is frequently expressed as twinning; likewise, voiceless creatures are employed in divination because they illustrate the wisdom of quiet elders. By Philip M. Peek

Bonds, Boundaries, and Bondage of Faith

Nigerian faith traditions are stronger than ever, but divisiveness and violence have increased. The author reflects on Nigeria’s history and proposes steps to help religions assume a productive role in society. By Jacob K. Olupona

The Myth of Purity

The idea of purity in Yoruba-derived traditions needs to be challenged and complicated. By Ayodeji Ogunnaike


Dark-skinned migrants and asylum seekers in an economically precarious Greece are subject to violent attacks and inhumane treatment. By Hans Lucht

Habitations of the Sacred

Global Africana communities negotiate theories of health and healing, utilizing diverse strategies to achieve physical, spiritual, and ontological stability. By Tracey E. Hucks

What Ghana Taught King

Attending Ghana’s 1957 independence ceremony inspired and influenced Martin Luther King Jr. By Josslyn Jeanine Luckett

Lost and Found in Translation

Whether planned or accidental, desired or dreaded, the passage from one place to another, one life stage to another, or one state or status to another, often figures centrally in the stories we tell about our lives. By Michael Jackson