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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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Bociọ, Nkisi, Legba, Ogun, and Ghede across the Water

Bociọ, Nkisi, Legba, Ogun, and Ghede across the Water

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Istwa Across the Water

Toni Pressley-Sanon

University Press of Florida

Bociọ, Nkisi, Legba, Ogun, and Ghede across the Water” argues that vestiges of the Dahomean power object, bociọ, that comes through in the recycled artwork by artists who are members of an art collective called Atis Rezistans on the Grand Rue in downtown Port-au-Prince, Haiti is evidence of a “habit of attention” oriented toward a Kôngo episteme. In addition, Pressley-Sanon proposes that the gods who manifest visually in the recycled art by several members of the collective evoke those from Dahomey who made their way into the diaspora during the slave era.

Keywords:   Bocio Nkisi, Legba, Ogun, Ogou, Ghede, Gede, Haiti

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