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Honoring the Ancestors: An African Cultural Interpretation of Black Religion and Literature

Donald H. Matthews


This book affirms once and for all the African foundation of African American religious practice. This analysis of the methods employed by historians, social scientists, and literary critics in the study of black religion and the Negro spiritual leads the text to develop a methodology that encompasses contemporary scholarship without compromising the integrity of the religion and culture of African Americans. Exploring the works of such seminal black scholars as W. E. B. DuBois, Melville Herskovits, and Zora Neale Hurston, the book traces the early development of the African-centered approach ... More

Keywords: black religion, African Americans, African American religion, religious practice, culture, W. E. B. DuBois, Melville Herskovits, Zora Neale Hurston

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199963997
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199963997.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Donald H. Matthews, author
Naropa University, Associate Professor of Religious Studies