Recovering the African Feminine Divine in Literature, the Arts, and Practice

Recovering the African Feminine Divine in Literature, the Arts, and Practice Yemonja Awakening - The Black Atlantic

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Recovering the African Feminine Divine in Literature, the Arts, and Performing Arts: Yemonja Awakening provides context to the myriad ways in which the African feminine divine is being reclaimed by scholars, practitioners and cultural scholars worldwide. This volume addresses the complex ways in which the reclamation of and recognition of Yemonja facilitates cultural survival and the formation of African -centric identity. These cultural practices are symbolically represented by Yemonja, the African female deity who is the mother of the entire world of the Orisha. Also known as Yemaya, Iemanya and Yemaya-Olokun, Yemonja is the deity whose province is the ocean and, given that the Middle Passage was the cultural and spatial crossroad to Africa's numerous diasporas, this deity links the shared histories of African and African -descent cultural praxis worldwide. Since Yemonja also references sexual, creative, spatial and spiritual energies, the editors and contributors see her as pivotal to this project as an expansive and original cartography of impact of the African feminine divine globally. This work provides the context for understanding how the spiritual conceptualizations of the African feminine divine underpin critical cultural forms, even when it has been previously unacknowledged and despite the cultural encounters with European and Western models of being. Scholars of African diaspora studies and the arts will find this book particularly interesting.

Book information

ISBN: 9781793640956
Publisher: Lexington Books
Imprint: Lexington Books
Pub date:
DEWEY: 299.68333
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 152
Weight: 240g
Height: 220mm
Width: 154mm
Spine width: 11mm