A Goddess in Motion

Visual Creativity in the Cult of María Lionza

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Roger Canals
  • New York, NY: 
    Berghahn Books
    , August
     212 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by David Eller forthcoming.


The current practice of the cult of María Lionza is one of the most important and yet unexplored religious practices in Venezuela. Based on long-term fieldwork, this book explores the role of images and visual culture within the cult. By adopting a relational approach, A Goddess in Motion shows how the innumerable images of this goddess—represented as an Indian, white or mestizo woman—move constantly from objects to bodies, from bodies to dreams, and from the religion domain to the art world. In short, this book is a fascinating study that sheds light on the role of visual creativity in contemporary religious manifestations.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Roger Canals is a lecturer in the department of social anthropology at the University of Barcelona. Besides numerous articles in visual anthropology and anthropology of religion, he is the director of several international award–winning ethnographic films, including A Goddess in Motion: María Lionza in Barcelona (2016). He was awarded the Fejos Postdoctoral Fellowship by the Wenner Gren Foundation.

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