This book retraces the African origins of African-American forms of
worship. During a five-year period in the field, Pitts played the
piano at and recorded numerous worship services in black Baptist
churches throughout rural Texas. His historical comparisons and
linguistic analyses of this material uncover striking parallels
between "Afro-Baptist" services and the religious rituals of
Western and Central Africa, as well as other African-derived
rituals in the United States Sea Islands, the Caribbean, and
Brazil. Pitts demonstrates that African and African-American
worship share an underlying binary ritual frame: the somber
melancholy of the first frame and the high emotion of the second
frame. Pitts's revealing perspective on this often misunderstood
aspect of African-American religion provides an investigative model
for the study of diaspora cultural practices and the residual
influence of their African sources.
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