Drums and Shadows: Survival Studies Amongst the Georgia Coastal Negroes

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This collection of folklore from coastal Georgia was assembled during the 1930s as part of a WPA writers' program, and were gathered mostly from elderly African Americans, some well over 100 years old. Most had been slaves, and in some cases, they had known first generation slaves from Africa. It primarily revolves around magical beliefs and practices (known as Hoodoo), such as root doctors, ghosts and spirits, talismans, lucky and unlucky acts omens. The interviewer also investigates the use of drums and dancing, funeral and baptism rituals, food taboos, and other aspects of early southern Black culture, and dispels any doubt that these beliefs are rooted in African heritiage. Do not be offended by the use of phonetic dialect spelling; this is not to ridicule the speakers, rather, this book is scrupulously non-judgmental. It may take a little bit of attention to decipher the vernacular, but after a few pages, the strong and humor filled voices of the ancestors come to life.
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January 21, 2013
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