Fascinating article from NyTimes on African Diaspora churches in America.  And how some are taking on witchcraft.

The students, taxicab drivers, homemakers and entrepreneurs, all Christians, mostly from French-speaking Africa, attend a midnight service four nights a week to seek deliverance from lust, anger, fear and sadness.

They sing. They pray fervently. Finally, they kick and shadowbox with what they contend is the real force behind life’s problems: the witches and devils whose curses they believe have ground down their families, towns, entire nations in Africa and that have pursued them to a new country, making it hard to find work, be healthy and survive.


The Spiritual Warfare congregants here said that because their ancestors were not Christians, they were cursed, Africa is cursed and the sins of their fathers are now visited upon all the children.

This last paragraph is the key.  The revulsion towards one ancestors is the shift from the purple-red animistic/”pagan” clan/tribe based in origin to mythic blue “people” based mentality.

Negate and preserve.  This is the negation phase of that turn in consciousness.  That stage of faith must be exorcised.

Published in: on December 18, 2007 at 8:12 pm  Leave a Comment  

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