Patriarchy and the Male Gaze in Vodou

Friday, November 7, 2014
Plaza Foyer (Sheraton)
Marilyn Love , Chapman University
Vodou is a syncretic religion that imbues aspects of West African indigenous traditions and Catholicism. The Vodou “lwa” that occupy positions of power are predominantly male, whereas their female counterparts are generally consorts. My argument is that each of these “lwa” is legitimized through the male gaze and her relationships to men.