Jambalaya

The Natural Woman's Book of Personal Charms and Practical Rituals

Author: Luisah Teish

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062508598

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 288

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A Marvelous Blend of Memoir, Folk Wisdom, and Afro-American Beliefs. Actress, storyteller, and priestess Luisah Teish dramatically re-creates centuries-old African-American traditions with music, memoir, and folk wisdom.
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Good Times Throughout the Seasons With Celebrations from Around the World

Author: Luisah Teish

Publisher: Conari Press

ISBN: 9781573245517

Category: Social Science

Page: 207

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A guide to reconnecting holidays to the rhythms of nature instructs readers on how to use myths, folklore, and poetry from around the world to create life-giving, nature-based rituals and ceremonies for their own unique celebrations of a range of international holidays. Original.
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Materialities of Ritual in the Black Atlantic

Author: Akinwumi Ogundiran,Paula Saunders

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 0253013917

Category: History

Page: 410

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Focusing on everyday rituals, the essays in this volume look at spheres of social action and the places throughout the Atlantic world where African–descended communities have expressed their values, ideas, beliefs, and spirituality in material terms. The contributors trace the impact of encounters with the Atlantic world on African cultural formation, how entanglement with commerce, commodification, and enslavement and with colonialism, emancipation, and self-rule manifested itself in the shaping of ritual acts such as those associated with birth, death, healing, and protection. Taken as a whole, the book offers new perspectives on what the materials of rituals can tell us about the intimate processes of cultural transformation and the dynamics of the human condition.
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Spiritual Traditions for the Contemporary Church

Author: Robin Maas,Gabriel Odonnell

Publisher: Abingdon Press

ISBN: 1426775040

Category: Religion

Page: 466

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This volume offers a comprehensive intellectual and experiential introduction to Christian spirituality. It embraces spiritual traditions from the Patristic period to the present day. Part I, "The Roots of Contemporary Western Spirituality," covers spiritual types that have been fundamental in shaping spiritual practice. Part II, "Distinctive Spiritual Traditions," offers major introductory essays on spiritual traditions formed by such notable figures as Luther, Wesley, Ignatius, and John of the Cross, as well as ecclesiastical traditions such as Anglicanism. Part III, "The Feminine Dimension in Christian Spirituality," is devoted to Marian Spirituality, holy women, and feminism. Each of the fourteen chapters is followed by a practicum which enables readers to assimilate the practice prescribed into their own devotional life .
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This Far by Faith

Readings in African-American Women's Religious Biography

Author: Judith Weisenfeld,Richard Newman

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415913126

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 326

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This is a collection of biographies of many women, including gospel singers, black nuns, preachers, missionaries and civil-rights workers. These biographies look at the history and experiences of African American women, in relation to their spirituality and activities in organized religion. Main topics include the bias against women by the male leadership of the Black Church, the racism and sexism of mainstream religions, the relationship between spirituality and activism, and the outside-of-church ways in which women are involved in religion. The book ranges from the period of slavery to the present day, and profiles figures such as Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Willie Mae Ford Smith and Ella Baker, exploring the role that religious institutions, artistic forms and impulses played in their lives.
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African Americans Doing Feminism

Putting Theory into Everyday Practice

Author: Aaronette M. White

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 1438431430

Category: SOCIAL SCIENCE

Page: 313

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African American women and men share their stories of how feminism has influenced their daily lives. How might ordinary people apply feminist principles to everyday situations? How do feminist ideas affect the daily behaviors and decisions of those who seek to live out the basic idea that women are as fully human as men? This collection of essays uses concrete examples to illuminate the ways in which African Americans practice feminism on a day-to-day basis. Demonstrating real-life situations of feminism in action, each essay tackles an issue—such as personal finances, parenting, sexual harassment, reproductive freedom, incest, depression and addiction, or romantic relationships—and articulates a feminist approach to engaging with the problem or concern. Contributors include African American scholars, artists, activists, and business professionals who offer personal accounts of how they encountered feminist ideas and are using them now as a guide to living. The essays reveal how feminist principles affect people’s perceptions of their ability to change themselves and society, because the personal is not always self-evidently political. “If … you seek a book that will touch you on a personal level, that will provoke you to examine your own perspective, and that will likely stimulate new research questions, pick up a copy of White’s book. You will be introduced to a group of people who don’t have to think about begin feminist; they simply live it every day.” — PsycCRITIQUES This collection of first-person narratives provides much-needed examples of the concrete ways in which contemporary African Americans, both women and men, live by feminist principles, not just as beliefs or theories but by their actions in concrete situations. It contributes to the continued development of feminist theory in practice, grounding it in the diverse experiences of self-identified African American feminists.” — SirReadaLot.org “The topic of thinking about feminism and feminist theory as functional is very important: students often want to know more about how they can put feminist thinking and politics into action. Having concrete, lived examples of how various people have done so is a real contribution to the field.” — Vivian M. May, author of Anna Julia Cooper, Visionary Black Feminist: A Critical Introduction
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Raising the Dead

Readings of Death and (Black) Subjectivity

Author: Sharon Patricia Holland

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 0822380382

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 248

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Raising the Dead is a groundbreaking, interdisciplinary exploration of death’s relation to subjectivity in twentieth-century American literature and culture. Sharon Patricia Holland contends that black subjectivity in particular is connected intimately to death. For Holland, travelling through “the space of death” gives us, as cultural readers, a nuanced and appropriate metaphor for understanding what is at stake when bodies, discourses, and communities collide. Holland argues that the presence of blacks, Native Americans, women, queers, and other “minorities” in society is, like death, “almost unspeakable.” She gives voice to—or raises—the dead through her examination of works such as the movie Menace II Society, Toni Morrison’s novel Beloved, Leslie Marmon Silko’s Almanac of the Dead, Randall Kenan’s A Visitation of Spirits, and the work of the all-white, male, feminist hip-hop band Consolidated. In challenging established methods of literary investigation by putting often-disparate voices in dialogue with each other, Holland forges connections among African-American literature and culture, queer and feminist theory. Raising the Dead will be of interest to students and scholars of American culture, African-American literature, literary theory, gender studies, queer theory, and cultural studies.
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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Wicca and Witchcraft, 3rd Edition

Author: Denise Zimmerman,Denise Zimmermann,Katherine Gleason

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101097493

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 384

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An invaluable resource for beginners and adepts alike, this best-selling and frequently recommended book on Wiccan magic and witchcraft has been updated and revised, now featuring a Year-and-a-Day calendar for the solitaire who is beginning to explore Wicca on his or her own. Loads of new spells New for this edition: A Year-and-a-Day calendar; Expanded information on creating a personal grimoire and book of Shadows, the witch's spell manual and bible.
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The Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook

Author: Denise Alvarado

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 144211892X

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 258

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The term "voodoo hoodoo" is used by Louisiana locals to describe the unique variety of Creole Voodoo found in New Orleans. In this book, you will find a plethora of authentic Voodoo and hoodoo rituals for love, justice, gambling luck, luck in court, prosperity, health, crossing, hexes, curse removal, and much more. The author has stripped the shroud of secrecy that has always surrounded Voodoo, and provides detailed instructions on everything from making gris-gris, magickal oils, talismans, and powders, to casting hexes.
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