Old Ship of Zion

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

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This is a major new study of the African origins of African-American forms of worship, based on the author's fieldwork in black Baptist churches in rural Texas. Through historical comparisons and linguistic analysis, Pitts uncovers striking parallels between "Afro-Baptist" services and the religious rituals of Western and Central Afric, as well as other African-derived rituals in the Caribbean, Brazil etc.show more

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  • Hardback | 215 pages
  • 25.4 x 142.24 x 5.08mm | 362.87g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195075099
  • 9780195075090

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"A marvelous groundbreaking study of African American ritual practices in rural churches in Texas....Pitts's major contribution lies in his extensive cross-cultural comparisons between the Afro-Baptist rituals in Texas with those of traditional African religions in Central and Western Africa, including some of the African-derived religions such as Jamaican Cumina, Haitian Vodun, and Brazilian Candomble....A delight to read. Highly recommended for advanced undergraduates, graduate students, and scholars of religious studies, cultural anthropology, ethnomusicology, and African American studies."--Choice"Undoubtedly, this is the best book in print on African American worship in the Baptist and Methodist traditions, and it should be required reading for all seminary students, pastors, and others interested in gaining helpful analytical tools with which to understand this unique phenomenon. I am confident that all students of African American religion will be greatly indebted to Professor Pitts, both for his constructive analysis and his many valuable insights that permeate virtually every page of the book. Further, teachers of homiletics, worship, field education, history, and ethics will find this book a most valuable resource."--Theology Today"A fascinating and well-written book....Gives great insight into the religious life of Blacks in the South....An excellent example of how to study non-liturgical churches from a human sciences perspective."--Expository Times"A serious and respectful analysis of symbols and meanings which comed from the deepest levels of culture...a magnificent piece of descriptive prose."--University of Colorodo at Bouldershow more

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