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Talking to the Dead : Religion, Music, and Lived Memory among Gullah/Geechee Women.

Author: LeRhonda S Manigault-Bryant
Publisher: Durham : Duke University Press, 2015
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Talking to the Dead is an ethnography of seven Gullah/Geechee women from the South Carolina lowcountry. These women communicate with their ancestors through dreams, prayer, and visions and traditional crafts and customs, such as storytelling, basket making, and ecstatic singing in their churches. Like other Gullah/Geechee women of the South Carolina and Georgia coasts, these women, through their active communication  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Manigault-Bryant, LeRhonda S.
Talking to the dead
Durham [u.a.] : Duke University Press, 2014
XIX, 278 S.
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: LeRhonda S Manigault-Bryant
ISBN: 9780822376705 0822376709
OCLC Number: 1043851427
Description: 1 online resource (299 pages)
Contents: Acknowledgments --
Prologue: Talking to the Dead --
Introduction: Gullah/ Geechee Women --
Chapter 1. Culture Keepers --
Chapter 2. Folk Religion --
Chapter 3. "Ah Tulk to de Dead All de Time" --
Chapter 4. "Sendin' Up My Timbah" --
Chapter 5. Lived Memory --
Epilogue: Between the Living and the Dead --
Appendix A: Companion Audio Materials --
Appendix B: Interview Format and Demographics --
Notes --
Select Bibliography --
Index.

Abstract:

Talking to the Dead is an ethnography of seven Gullah/Geechee women from the South Carolina lowcountry. These women communicate with their ancestors through dreams, prayer, and visions and traditional crafts and customs, such as storytelling, basket making, and ecstatic singing in their churches. Like other Gullah/Geechee women of the South Carolina and Georgia coasts, these women, through their active communication with the deceased, make choices and receive guidance about how to live out their faith and engage with the living. LeRhonda S. Manigault-Bryant emphasizes that this communication affirms the women's spiritual faith-which seamlessly integrates Christian and folk traditions-and reinforces their position as powerful culture keepers within Gullah/Geechee society. By looking in depth at this long-standing spiritual practice, Manigault-Bryant highlights the subversive ingenuity that lowcountry inhabitants use to thrive spiritually and to maintain a sense of continuity with the past.

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