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Deus in MachinaReligion, Technology, and the Things in Between$
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Jeremy Stolow

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780823249800

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823249800.001.0001

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Virtual Vodou, Actual Practice

Virtual Vodou, Actual Practice

Transfiguring the Technological

(p.239) Virtual Vodou, Actual Practice
Deus in Machina

Alexandra Boutros

Fordham University Press

This chapter explores the intersection of digital technologies and the public visibility of Vodou. It examines not only how digital technologies are used and understood by practitioners (including newcomers to the religion), but also how the affordances of digital technologies—the possibilities and limits generated by the interaction between technology and technology use—shape manifestations of Vodou in the digital public sphere. Because online Vodou encompasses both representation and practice, the chapter examines a range of instances where Vodou and technology intersect, both in the religious practices of adherents to the religion and also at the level of popular imagination.

Keywords:   Vodou, Voodoo (in popular culture), Digital Religion, Haiti, Gibson, William, Cyberspace, Religious e-commerce

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