Mama Lola: A Vodou Priestess in Brooklyn Topics for Discussion

Karen McCarthy Brown
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How does jealousy play a role in this story, and in Haitian culture as a whole, and why is it important?

Explain the idea of reciprocity and why it is important. How does Karen learn about this concept and how does it change her view of Haitian culture? Discuss in terms of the idea that it is often necessary to give something - even a penny or two - in exchange for a treatment.

At the end of his chapter, we hear the idea that Danbala is taking his "foot off the land" in disgust over the politics of Haiti. It brings to mind an interesting thought to ponder: what would Mama Lola have to say about the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti? Could the removal of Danbala's foot from the land have anything to do with it? In the book, it is a reference to the drought...

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