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Black Magic: Religion and the African American Conjuring Tradition

Black Magic: Religion and the African American Conjuring Tradition
Author: Yvonne P. Chireau
ISBN 13: 9780520249882
ISBN 10: 520249887
Edition: 1
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: 2006-11-20
Format: Paperback
Pages: 232
List Price: $30.95

"Chireau has written a marvelous text on an important dimension of African American religious culture. Expanding beyond the usual focus of scholarship on Christianity, she describes and analyzes the world of magical-medical-religious practice, challenging hallowed distinctions among "religion" and "magic." Anyone interested in African American religion will need to reckon seriously with Chireau's text on conjure."—Albert J. Raboteau, Princeton University

"Deprived of their own traditions and defined as chattel, enslaved Africans formed a new orientation in America. Conjuring—operating alongside of and within both the remnants of African culture and the acquired traditions of North America—served as a theoretical and practical mode of deciphering and divining within this, enabling them to create an alternate meaning of life in the New World. Chireau's is the first full-scale treatment of this important dimension of African American culture and religion. A wonderful book!"—Charles H. Long, Professor of History of Religions University of California, Santa Barbara and author of Significations: Signs, Symbols and Images in the
Interpretation of Religion