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African-Atlantic Cultures and the South Carolina Lowcountry

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Part of Cambridge Studies on the American South

  • Date Published: March 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107668829

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  • 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.

    • The first book-length study that examines the intersection of nature and religion in an African diaspora culture in North America
    • Provides a detailed study of Kongo nature spirits, called simbi, in both Kongo and a part of the African diaspora
    • Addresses the African-based culture of the South-Carolina Lowcountry in fresh ways by covering an overlooked topic, employing neglected sources and relying on innovative methodology
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    "African-Atlantic Cultures and the South Carolina Lowcountry contextualizes U.S. African American religious cultures in the transnational, transoceanic psychic and cultural space of the African-Atlantic, and offers the promise of future forays into yet unexplored scholarly terrains."
    Alexis S. Wells, Southern Spaces

    "This important book will be immediately useful to anyone interested in African American cultural and religious history."
    Jason R. Young, Journal of American History

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107668829
    • length: 322 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • contains: 8 b/w illus. 3 maps 11 tables
    • availability: Available
  • 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.

  • Author

    Ras Michael Brown, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
    Ras Michael Brown is Assistant Professor of History and Africana Studies at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.

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