BOOK REVIEW OF THE RELIGION OF THE SLAVE
BOOKREVIEW OF THE RELIGION OF THE SLAVE
BookReview of the Religion of the Slave
Thebook review by Gayraud& Wilmore (1989),explains the religion of an African who was brought to the westernworld as a slave by virtue of being an African descendant. Thereligious beliefs and rituals of many individuals are inseparable andinevitably linked to the psychological and material realities oftheir day-to-day operations and existences. In the past, Africanreligion was known to mean something less and more different fromwhat is currently known as Christianity. The book explains thereligion of the slaves, which was dubbed by the whites as Blackradicalism and religion. It also gives an incite into the ReligiousHistory of Afro- Americans.1
Oneagreeable chapter of the reading talks about how the masters handlethe slaves and how these masters view the religion of their subjects.The masters considered themselves superior and never treated theirsubjects with respect. It is evident from the reading that thereligion, culture, and rituals of the slaves who were mainly Afro-Americans were never honored by their masters, something that led tohatred between the two groups. The religion of the slaves wasconsidered in the western world as black radicalism. However, thereligion developed from past successive generations of slaves to thecurrent refined version of Christianity.
Thebook concludes that, in the later period, scholars have discoveredthat the differences between black and white religions are not onlyevident in rituals and beliefs alone but also in the knowledge ofreligious consciousness. Gayraud& Wilmoreelaborate on the development of the black religious beliefs since thetime of slavery to date.
GayraudS. Wilmore, â€œThe Religion of the Slave,â€ in Black Religionand Black Radicalism: An Interpretation of the Religious History ofAfro-American People, (New York: Orbis Books, 1989)
1 Gayraud S. Wilmore, â€œThe Religion of the Slave,â€ in Black Religion and Black Radicalism: An Interpretation of the Religious History of Afro-American People, (New York: Orbis Books, 1989)
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