Author : LeRhonda S. Manigault-Bryant
Publisher : Duke University Press
Release Date : 2014-05-14
ISBN 10 : 9780822376705
Pages : 304 pages
Rating : 4.3/5 (767 downloads)
Download Talking to the Dead in PDF Full Online Free by LeRhonda S. Manigault-Bryant and published by Duke University Press. This book was released on 2014-05-14 with total page 304 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: 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.