African American Religious Cultures (2 Vol. Set) by Anthony B. Pinn

By Anthony B. Pinn

Like no earlier reference, African American non secular Cultures captures the total scope of African American non secular identification, tracing the lengthy historical past of African American engagement with non secular perform whereas exploring the origins and complexities of present spiritual traditions.This leap forward encyclopedia deals alphabetically prepared entries on each significant non secular trust method because it has developed between African American groups, protecting its beginnings, improvement, significant doctrinal issues, rituals, very important figures, and defining moments. additionally, the paintings illustrates how the social and financial realities of existence for African american citizens have formed ideals around the spectrum of spiritual cultures.

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Not everything is covered, but as is the case with any map, enough is presented to provide a working sense of the area being observed. This mapping of African American religious cultures is, in fact, a charting of particular traditions as a way of suggesting the complexity and diversity of religious beliefs and practices in the American hemisphere. As is the case with any encyclopedia, there are ‘‘thin’’ spots and areas given greater attention than others. This is the nature of such a project, and this tendency is further enhanced by the secrecy covering some traditions and the more public posture of others.

Like other nineteenth century African American women, Sojourner Truth, too, knew well the seeming permanence of gendered and racial proscription. Under the aegis of African American mysticism, Truth engaged in a fierce interplay between her emerging womanist sensibilities and the rupturing of social and religious conven tions. She was a ‘‘true believer,’’ freed by this most intimate of experiences to challenge prevailing social norms and expectations. 6 | African American Mysticism religious belief and practice from Africa throughout the Diaspora.

E. B. DuBois’s triumph ‘‘Of the Faith of our Fathers’’ and lament ‘‘Of the Passing of the First Born’’ in the Souls of Black Folk. James Baldwin’s Go Tell it on the Mountain, Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower, Alice Walker’s By the Light of My Father’s Smile, and Toni Morrison’s Beloved are all soaring and unconventional (and by definition controversial) stories of spiritual and corporeal redemption. There are artists, dancers, painters, poets, musicians, and filmmakers like Katherine Dunham, John Coltrane, Nina Simone, Julie Dash, Maya Angelou, Tupac Shakur, Meshell Ndegeocello, Bob Marley, John Biggers, and countless more.

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