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

Forside
Oxford University Press, 24. okt. 1996 - 216 sider
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.
 

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Innhold

Introduction
3
The AfroBaptist Church Its Ritual and Frames
11
2 We Free History of the AfroBaptist Church
34
A History of AfroBaptist Speech and Hymnody
59
4 Kabiesile Shango A CrossCultural Comparison of Ritual Frames
91
The Variation of Speech and Song in the AfroBaptist Ritual
132
AfroBaptist Ritual Process
155
References
177
Audiography
189
Index
191
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