Bertin Louis: “Embodied Worship in a Haitian Protestant Church in the Bahamas” | Vassar College | Lectures & Talks | Chronogram Magazine

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Bertin Louis: “Embodied Worship in a Haitian Protestant Church in the Bahamas”

When: Tue., Feb. 22, 7 p.m. 2022

Dr. Bertin Louis, Associate Professor of Anthropology and African American & Africana Studies at the University of Kentucky and author of My Soul is in Haiti: Protestantism in the Haitian Diaspora of the Bahamas, will lecture on the development of religious habitus through embodied worship at a Haitian Protestant church. There, second-generation Haitians worship within a Black, Christian and anti-Haitian Bahamas. Adherent use of Haitian Protestant hymnody, liturgical dance and prayer reflects social processes of individual and collective self-remaking through embodied and linguistic practices. This creates a unique, hybrid Christian habitus which helps them negotiate cultural belonging.

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