Brown Mama Lola Chapter 2

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Mama Lola Karen McCarthy Brown Chapter 2 Azaka
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Mama Lola Vodou Spirits One spirit important for Mama Lola is that of a mountain man, a farmer like her own grandfather, Joseph Binbin Mauvant.
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The Mountain Man, Farmer Spirit or ‘Azaka’ This spirit dresses in blue denim, wears a straw hat and keeps a jug of rum with herbs in it close by. The spirit is humble. This humility of the spirit plays a crucial part in reminding devotees of their own humble roots (from rural Haiti), their need for family (a group that includes ancestors and spirits) and of their connection to the land. This Azaka Mede or Papa Zaka spirit is sometimes referred to as ‘Cousin.’
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Haiti and Slavery In contrast to other parts of former slave colonies, former slaves or their families own land in Haiti. They then cultivate the land and bury their dead on the land. Thus, inheriting land means also inheriting spirits and their relationship to the people and the land.
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In traditional Vodou view, the land, the people, and the spirits are one and the same.
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Like many others who have lost their ancestral lands due to climatic change and socio-economic upheaval, Haitians feel the loss of spirituality and family, all connected to one another in Vodou world view. .
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