African-Atlantic Cultures and the South Carolina Lowcountry

African-Atlantic Cultures and the South Carolina Lowcountry

by Ras Michael Brown
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1107668824

ISBN-13: 9781107668829

Pub. Date: 03/06/2014

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781107668829
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/06/2014
Series:
Cambridge Studies on the American South Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
322
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.71(d)

Table of Contents

1. Place, culture, and power; 2. Land of the living; 3. African spirits of the land and water; 4. African landscapes of the Lowcountry; 5. Spiritual guardians in the wilderness; 6. Mermaid histories and power.

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