Abundant Life Prevails (Wolfe), 46– 47
Adjaye, Joseph, 154
African cultural retention: African
instruments, 248n15; Africanisms
vs., 14– 15, 220n18; clothing, 179,
247n7, 247n13; folk practices,
101; of Gullah/ Geechee women,
4– 7, 174; as idealized space and
imagery, 247n7; The Language You
Cry In (1998), 153, 212, 244n45,
244n49; through music, 244n49;
simbi spirits, 239n1; talking with
the dead and, 132– 33; use of term
Spirit/ spirit, 239n6; west- central
African religious practice and, 101
Africanisms: African cultural reten-
tion vs., 14– 15, 220n18; Afrocen-
trism, 247n14; authenticity and,
7; clothing, 179, 247n7; Geechee/
Gullah women and, 4– 7, 174,
182; Gullah/ Geechee and, 5– 7,
12, 220n20; Herskovits on, 5,
219nn16– 17; limitations of pin-
pointing, 6– 7; lowcountry culture
and, 5– 6, 182; religion and, 5,
220n18; use of term, 5– 6
agency. See religious agency
Allen, Richard, 58
Allen, William Francis, 162, 241n9,
246n67
Assman, Jan, 226n59
Aunt Sarah, 81– 83
“Babble Babble” (Heyward), 83– 84
Bailey, Cornelia Walker, 112
Baird, Keith E., 226n52, 232n78
baptismal rituals, 38, 40, 42, 90–
91, 117, 128– 29, 130– 31, 229n26,
229n30
Barnes, Reverend F. C., 144
Battery Colony Congregation
Church, 37
Beaufort (Beaufort County), 216
Beloved (Morrison), 106
Benjamin, S. G., 69– 70, 220n19
Bennett, John: on African cultural
retentions, 221n22; mourning
rituals, 85– 86; shouts, 84– 85, 161,
162– 63, 246n65; spirituals col-
lected by, 241n7; on superstitious
beliefs, 69– 71, 73– 74, 89– 90;
trances/ spirit possession, 84– 85,
159, 245n57; value of documenta-
tion by, 11, 86, 220n19, 223n41,
241n7; women as spiritual agents,
81, 84– 85
black Atlantic studies, 7– 9
black church, the: Christian religious
instruction and, 90– 95; conver-
sion to Christianity, 58, 83, 91,
index
Previous Page Next Page