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Contrary to Marx and Freud, fetishism is not primarily an error but a central semiotic dimension of social life at is most normal—that is, where people of different ranks and social backgrounds struggle to define their relationships with each other. Hence, not even theory itself is a disembodied truth independent of the competitive circumstances of its genesis. The same can be said of gods. This conclusion summarizes the argument that Afro-Atlantic priests offer different but equally socially situated, materially conditioned, and strategic propositions about the proper nature of social life, propositions that reflect the social ambiguity of their chief proponents. The conclusion also introduces the sequel to this book—Zombies and Black Leather, which will highlight the social hierarchies and the deep ambivalence embedded in the material things used by Afro-Atlantic priests and by the white American practitioners of bondage-and-discipline/sadomasochism (BDSM) and erotic Master/slave relationships.

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