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Afro-American Cults
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1. At the heart of African American cults stands the experience of a superhuman presence. A deity or spirit or God’s Spirit seizes believers, through whom he speaks and acts. This seizure is introduced and ritually directed by rhythms, drums, songs, dances, and offerings, for there is a fear of uncontrolled possession (Dance; Sacrifice 1; Ecstasy).

2. African American cults arose through 350 years of slavery.

2.1. The slaves wanted from their religion what their memory preserved. They used it in their burial rites, hoping for rebirth in Africa. They used it in magic directed against the…

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Greschat, Hans-Jürgen, “Afro-American Cults”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 15 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_A128>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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