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Blues and Religion
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[German Version]

“Blues” is a musical form attributed to the vernacular culture of late 19th century rural African American communities and known for its emotive power and deep sense of pathos. Though some emphasize the “worldly” qualities of this music, its transcendental functions become apparent when conceived as descendant from African-rooted cosmologies that draw no distinction between the sacred and the secular, or between the spiritual and the sensual (Africa: II). While spirituals (Gospel music) were slave songs, the blues are essentially connected to the afte…

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Hall, Perry A., “Blues and Religion”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 05 July 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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