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Istwa Across the WaterHaitian History, Memory, and the Cultural Imagination$
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Toni Pressley-Sanon

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780813054407

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813054407.001.0001

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Of Bociọ, Bo, Cakatú, Zonbi, Nkisi, and Pakèt Kongo

Of Bociọ, Bo, Cakatú, Zonbi, Nkisi, and Pakèt Kongo

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Istwa Across the Water

Toni Pressley-Sanon

University Press of Florida

“Of Bociọ, Bo, Cakatú, Zonbi, Nkisi, and Pakèt Kongos” discusses how the methods and means of socio-political control in the form of several cultural artifacts: bociọ, bo, and cakatú in Dahomey and nkisi in Kôngo resonate in Haiti in the pakèt kongo, and the zonbi. Pressley-Sanon argues that these forms of oral and material culture embody historically significant memories and continue to be useful in disfranchised people’s resistance to contemporary attempts to silence and disfranchise them.

Keywords:   Bocio Bo, Cakatu, Zonbi, Nkisi, Pakèt Kongo, Haiti

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