African-Atlantic Cultures and the South Carolina Lowcountry

African-Atlantic Cultures and the South Carolina Lowcountry

by Ras Michael Brown
     
 

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African-Atlantic Cultures and the South Carolina Lowcountry examines perceptions of the natural world revealed by the religious ideas and practices of African-descended communities in South Carolina from the colonial period into the twentieth century. Focusing on Kongo nature spirits known as the simbi, Ras Michael Brown describes the essential role religion played

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African-Atlantic Cultures and the South Carolina Lowcountry examines perceptions of the natural world revealed by the religious ideas and practices of African-descended communities in South Carolina from the colonial period into the twentieth century. Focusing on Kongo nature spirits known as the simbi, Ras Michael Brown describes the essential role religion played in key historical processes, such as establishing new communities and incorporating American forms of Christianity into an African-based spirituality. This book illuminates how people of African descent engaged the spiritual landscape of the Lowcountry through their subsistence practices, religious experiences, and political discourse.

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"Recommended."
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"African-Atlantic Cultures and the South Carolina Lowcountry contextualizes U.S. African American religious cultures in the transnational, transoceanic psychic and cultural space of the African-Atlantic, and offers the promise of future forays into yet unexplored scholarly terrains."
Alexis S. Wells, Southern Spaces

"This important book will be immediately useful to anyone interested in African American cultural and religious history."
Jason R. Young, Journal of American History

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781107024090
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/30/2012
Series:
Cambridge Studies on the American South
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.46(w) x 9.21(h) x 1.14(d)

Meet the Author

Ras Michael Brown is Assistant Professor of History and Africana Studies at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.

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