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- DescriptionTalking to the Dead is an ethgraphy 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.
- Author BiographyLeRhonda S. Manigault-Bryant is Assistant Professor of Africana Studies at Williams College.
- Author(s)LeRhonda S. Manigault-Bryant
- PublisherDuke University Press
- Date of Publication06/06/2014
- SubjectReligion: Comparative, General & Reference
- Place of PublicationNorth Carolina
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintDuke University Press
- Content Note1 table, 2 maps, 1 figure
- Weight540 g
- Width157 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine20 mm
- Format DetailsCloth over boards
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