Karen McCarthy Brown - This person began her contact with Mama Lola essentially on the basis of observer and subject but the two quickly become friends, and she comes to understand that to fully know the world of Vodou, one must plunge thoroughly into its waters.
Alourdes, aka Mama Lola - This person was born in Haiti to a mother who was a powerful and generous manbo. Her journey is not only that of her immigration to the United States, but also of her struggle through the process of becoming a Vodou manbo and the responsibilities carried therein.
Gede - He is the master of balance, which in Vodou terms means not being caught in an unresolved dilemma, but to use forces that contradict each other to raise life energy.
Maggie - She is one of three children, but the closest of all to her mother and...
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