African American Religious Cultures, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1576075125
  • ISBN-13: 9781576075128
  • DDC: 200.89
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 1000 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2009 | Published/Released June 2010
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2009

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The first Africans to arrive as slaves in the Americas brought with them an array of faiths, including Islam and indigenous African religions, as well as an exposure in some cases to Christian beliefs. Over the past four centuries, these diverse spiritual roots have woven together - with still other faiths adopted and developed along the way - to produce the complex fabric of the contemporary African American religious experience.

Like no previous reference, African American Religious Cultures captures the full scope of African American religious identity, tracing the long history of African American engagement with spiritual practice while exploring the origins and complexities of current religious traditions.

This breakthrough encyclopedia offers alphabetically organized entries on every major spiritual belief system as it has evolved among African American communities, covering its beginnings, development, major doctrinal points, rituals, important figures, and defining moments. In addition, the work illustrates how the social and economic realities of life for African Americans have shaped beliefs across the spectrum of religious cultures.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Editorial Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Introduction: The Forging of African American Religious Cultures.
1: Entries.
2: African American Mysticism.
3: African Americans and the Lutheran Church.
4: African Americans and Religious Humanism.
5: African Americans and Secular Humanism.
6: African Americans in the Episcopal Church.
7: African Americans in the Presbyterian Church.
8: African Americans in the Roman Catholic Church.
9: African Methodist Episcopal Church.
10: African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church.
11: African Orthodox Church.
12: American Muslim Mission.
13: Apostolic Faith Mission Church of God.
14: Bahá'í Faith.
15: Batuque.
16: The Big Drum Ritual.
17: Black Hebrew Israelite Tradition.
18: Buddhism.
19: Candomblé.
20: Catimbó.
21: Christian Methodist Episcopal Church.
22: Church of Christ Holiness USA.
23: Church of God (Cleveland).
24: Church of God and Saints of Christ.
25: Church of God in Christ.
26: Church of The Living God, Pillar of Truth for all Nations.
27: Commandment Keepers of Harlem.
28: Conjure.
29: Convince (Jamaica).
30: Espiritismo.
31: Fire Baptized Holiness Church of God of the Americas.
32: Gaga.
33: Garífuna Religion.
34: Hoodoo.
35: Jehovah's Witnesses.
36: Kumina.
37: Macumba.
38: Maroons.
39: Metropolitan Spiritual Churches of Christ, Inc..
40: Moorish Science Temple of America, Inc..
41: Moravian Church.
42: Mormon Church.
43: Nation of Islam.
44: National Baptist Convention of America, Inc..
45: National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc..
46: New Age Movement.
47: New Thought Religions and the African American Experience.
48: Obeah.
49: The Orisha Religion in Trinidad.
50: Oyotunji African Village.
51: Palo Monte.
52: Peace Mission Movement.
53: Peoples Temple.
54: Pocomania.
55: Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc..
56: Rada.
57: Rastafari.