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Thread #97553   Message #1920933
Posted By: wysiwyg
28-Dec-06 - 08:30 PM
Thread Name: Religious Train & Chariot Songs
Subject: RE: Religious Train & Chariot Songs
People who talk about slave codes have generally done and reviewed a lot of research on the subject, rather than arriving at an interest and then shortly thereafter opining.

Personally, instead of arguing for one approach, I think it is more accurate to say that code, religious feeling, and personal feeling could ALL be reflected in, and understood through, the songs created in slavery times. It was a complex situation that was and elegantly reflected in sparse language, evoking the whole range of the experience. Being a Christian need not have had anything to do with them-- or could have been everything to do with them, at different times in any one person's life, not to metion a whole culture's experience.

It is easier to understand such things if one is, oneself, a singer.... to sing them is to invite the whole line of experience to pass through one's spirit, as they pass through the throat.