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The 'Fetish' Revisited: Marx, Freud, and the Gods Black People Make

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This talk opens a UVM Religion Department Speaker Series entitled Religious Objects and Embodied Practices in the Black Atlantic. J. Lorand Matory, director of the Center for African and African American Research at Duke University, speaks in conjunction with "Spirited Things: Sacred Arts of the Black Atlantic," at the Fleming Museum.

This fall the Fleming Museum of Art presents the exhibition Spirited Things: Sacred Arts of the Black Atlantic, drawn from the Sacred Arts of the Black Atlantic Collection (SABA) at Duke University. This collection is the product of 35 years of ethnographic research by J. Lorand Matory, Lawrence Richardson Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Director of the SABA Project at Duke University, and James Marsh Professor-at-Large at the University of Vermont. The exhibition will include sacred objects from the Yoruba religion of West Africa, as well as Haitian Vodou, Cuban Santería, Brazilian Candomblé, and Caribbean Spiritism, faiths that emerged from the practices of enslaved Africans who blended their ancestral cultures with that of their captors.

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