Old Ship of Zion: The Afro-Baptist Ritual in the African Diaspora / Edition 1

Old Ship of Zion: The Afro-Baptist Ritual in the African Diaspora / Edition 1

by Walter F. Pitts
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195111451

ISBN-13: 9780195111453

Pub. Date: 10/28/1996

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

This book retraces the African origins of African-American forms of worship. During a five-year period in the field, Pitts played the piano at and recorded numerous worship services in black Baptist churches throughout rural Texas. His historical comparisons and linguistic analyses of this material uncover striking parallels between "Afro-Baptist"

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This book retraces the African origins of African-American forms of worship. During a five-year period in the field, Pitts played the piano at and recorded numerous worship services in black Baptist churches throughout rural Texas. His historical comparisons and linguistic analyses of this material uncover striking parallels between "Afro-Baptist" services and the religious rituals of Western and Central Africa, as well as other African-derived rituals in the United States Sea Islands, the Caribbean, and Brazil. Pitts demonstrates that African and African-American worship share an underlying binary ritual frame: the somber melancholy of the first frame and the high emotion of the second frame. Pitts's revealing perspective on this often misunderstood aspect of African-American religion provides an investigative model for the study of diaspora cultural practices and the residual influence of their African sources.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195111453
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
10/28/1996
Series:
Religion in America Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.67(d)
Lexile:
1590L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction3
1"Magnificence, Beauty, Poetry, and Color": The Afro-Baptist Church, Its Ritual and Frames11
2"We Free!" History of the Afro-Baptist Church34
3"I Want to Be at the Meeting": A History of Afro-Baptist Speech and Hymnody59
4"Kabiesile Shango!" A Cross-Cultural Comparison of Ritual Frames91
5"Nothing New under the Sun": The Variation of Speech and Song in the Afro-Baptist Ritual132
6"Like a Ship": Afro-Baptist Ritual Process155
References177
Audiography189
Index191

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