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The Sanctified Church

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Copyright 1981 Turtle Island Foundation
Paperback, 107 pages
Published February 1st 1981 by Turtle Island
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Jul 13, 2011 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
(FROM JACKET)"The Sanctified Church"is a collection of Hurston's ground-breaking essays on Afro-American folklore, legend, popular mythology, and, in particular, the unique spiritual character of the Southern Black Christian Church. Along with preserving the customs, music, speech and humor of rural Black America, "The Sanctified Church" introduces us to such extraordinary figures as Mother Catherine, a matriarchal founder of a highly personal Voodoo Christian sect; Uncle Monday, healer, conjure ...more
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Dec 30, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's difficult for a modern person to appreciate the true genius of ZNH's work, nearly a century after she began her anthropological magic. It's easy to take for granted, or even be "over" the colloquial speech patterns written phonetically, the spotlights on obscure-but-fascinating folks. It's easy to forget she was an academic, and these are her reports.

Reading this made me crave more. Thankfully, more is available.
Apr 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
i love her books I collect them.
Nov 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Anthropological trip through the spirit of the Black church in beautifully composed articles. From root workers and conjurers to the full text of a sermon, Hurston goes all in on the experience of the spiritual and the elements of worship for African Americans. Brief book, essential history.
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Now here's some beautiful prose, sharp observation, humor, and a lively sense of commitment. ...more
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Zora Neale Hurston was an American folklorist and author. In 1925, shortly before entering Barnard College, Hurston became one of the leaders of the literary renaissance happening in Harlem, producing the short-lived literary magazine Fire!! along with Langston Hughes and Wallace Thurman. This literary movement became the center of the Harlem Renaissance.

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