Honoring the Ancestors: An African Cultural Interpretation of Black Religion and Literature

Honoring the Ancestors: An African Cultural Interpretation of Black Religion and Literature

by Donald H. Matthews
     
 

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Donald Matthews affirms once and for all the African foundation of African-American religious practice. Because the Negro spiritual is the earliest extant body of African-American folk religious narration, Matthews believes that it holds the key to understanding African-American religion. He explores the works of such seminal black scholars as W. E. B. DuBois,… See more details below

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Donald Matthews affirms once and for all the African foundation of African-American religious practice. Because the Negro spiritual is the earliest extant body of African-American folk religious narration, Matthews believes that it holds the key to understanding African-American religion. He explores the works of such seminal black scholars as W. E. B. DuBois, Melville Herskovits, and Zora Neale Hurston, tracing the early development of the African-centered approach to the interpretation of African-American religion. This book poses a challenge to end the battle between Afrocentrists and multiculturalists by acknowledging their common intellectual heritage in the works of DuBois, Herskovits, and Hurston. It will be of great interest to students and scholars of African-American religion and culture and those interested in Afrocentric literature.

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"It is a significant contribution to scholarship and should be of interest to many readers."—Christianity and Literature

"Recommended for upper-division undergraduates through faculty and researchers."—Choice

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ISBN-13:
9780199963997
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
10/12/2012
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
1,416,558
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.60(d)

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