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Conjuring culture : biblical formations of black America

Author: Theophus Harold Smith
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1994.
Series: Religion in America series (Oxford University Press)
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In Conjuring Culture, Theophus Smith provides an innovative, interdisciplinary interpretation of the formation of African-American religion and culture. Smith argues for the central role in black spirituality of "conjure"--A magical means of transforming reality. Smith shows that the Bible, the sacred text of Western civilization, has in fact functioned as a magical formulary or sourcebook for African-Americans."  Read more...
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Smith, Theophus Harold.
Conjuring culture.
New York : Oxford University Press, 1994
(OCoLC)609104533
Online version:
Smith, Theophus Harold.
Conjuring culture.
New York : Oxford University Press, 1994
(OCoLC)623508739
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Theophus Harold Smith
ISBN: 0195067401 9780195067408 0195102819 9780195102819
OCLC Number: 28113071
Description: xvi, 287 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Formulary --
Ethnographic Perspectives --
Genesis --
Mimetics --
Theopoetics --
Mosaica --
Pharmacosm --
Exodus --
God-conjuring --
Ethnogenesis --
Repertory --
Americana --
Law --
Judges --
Pharmakon --
Pharmakoi --
Wilderness --
Theoretical Perspectives --
Spirituals --
Aesthetics --
Ecstatics --
Iconics --
Wisdom --
Conjunctions --
Intentions --
Significations --
Prophecy --
Shaman --
Sojourner --
Conjure-woman --
Theological Perspectives --
Gospel --
Suffering Servants --
Saviors --
Praxis --
Pharmakeus --
Negations --
Apocalypse --
Nemesis --
Providence --
Conclusion: Diaspora.
Series Title: Religion in America series (Oxford University Press)
Responsibility: Theophus H. Smith.
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This treatise argues for the central importance of transforming reality by magical means in black spirituality and culture. It contends that themes and stories inspired by the Bible have played a  Read more...

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