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African Spiritual Traditions in the Novels of Toni
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K. Zauditu-Selassie

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813033280

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813033280.001.0001

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Introduction: There’s a Little Wheel a Turnin’ in My Heart: Cultural Concentricities and Enduring Identities

Introduction: There’s a Little Wheel a Turnin’ in My Heart: Cultural Concentricities and Enduring Identities

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(p.1) Introduction: There’s a Little Wheel a Turnin’ in My Heart: Cultural Concentricities and Enduring Identities
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African Spiritual Traditions in the Novels of Toni Morrison
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K. Zauditu-Selassie

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813033280.003.0001

This introductory chapter explains the coverage of this book, which is about the African spiritual tradition contained in the novels of African American novelist Toni Morrison. This book aims to affirm and demonstrate the power of Morrison's prose to re-codify these Central African beliefs along with other African-derived belief systems and sacred memories and examines how her novelistic figurations impart vital information and reinforce historical and spiritual consciousness. It explores the connection between identity and the concept of home, explains the concept of the healer and other spiritual manifestations mediated through the ritual activities and addresses historical records and the need to trace and record memories to ensure a viable future.

Keywords:   Toni Morrison, African spiritual tradition, African American, beliefs, spiritual consciousness, identity, ritual, home, healer

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