Mama Lola: Priest or Shaman

The textbook makes a distinction between priests and shamans, but also makes the point that these practitioners are best thought of as ends of a continuum with some religious specialists exhibiting features of both. A case in point is Mama Lola as described in the book Mama Lola: A Vodou Priestess in Brooklyn.

What features shown by Mama Lola are usually found in priests? What features shown by Mama Lola are usually found in shamans? If you had to, would you consider Alourdes to be a priest or a shaman? Or perhaps that is an unfair question.

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