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Honoring the Ancestors: African Cultural Interpretation of Black Religion

Hardback|Jan 1998
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"Donald Matthews affirms once and for all the African foundation of African-American religious practice." "Because the Negro spiritual is the earliest extant body of African-American folk religious narration, Matthews believes that it holds the key to understanding African-American religion. He...


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"Donald Matthews affirms once and for all the African foundation of African-American religious practice." "Because the Negro spiritual is the earliest extant body of African-American folk religious narration, Matthews believes that it holds the key to understanding African-American religion. He explores the works of such seminal black scholars as W. E. B. DuBois, Melville Herskovits, and Zora Neale Hurston, tracing the early development of the African-centered approach to the interpretation of African-American religion." "This book poses a challenge to end the battle between Afrocentrists and multiculturalists by acknowledging their common intellectual heritage in the works of DuBois, Herskovits, and Hurston. It will be of great interest to students and scholars of African-American religion and culture and those interested in Afrocentric literature."--BOOK JACKET. Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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Donald Matthews affirms once and for all the African foundation of African-American religious practice. His analysis of the methods employed by historians, social scientists, and literary critics in the study of African-American religion and the Negro spiritual leads him to develop a methodology that encompasses contemporary scholarship without compromising the integrity of African-American religion and culture.^ Because the Negro spiritual is the earliest extant body of African-American folk religious narration, Matthews believes that it holds the key to understanding African-American religion. He explores the works of such seminal black scholars as W. E. B. DuBois, Melville Herskovits, and Zora Neale Hurston, tracing the early development of the African-centered approach to the interpretation of African-American religion. This approach involves "cultural/structuralism," the author's term for the method used by DuBois, Herskovits, and Hurston that emphasizes the thick reading of n
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Donald Henry Matthews

Matthews is the director of Black Studies at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. He recieved his PhD from the University of Chicago Divinity School.

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