Friday, September 18, 2009

Pamela Sneed - There There

I didn't learn about Oludumare, Elegba, Oshun, Yemaya, Oya, and Shango until I was 15 years old. I kept reading these names in all the literature but never truly grasped it all until I was about 18.

My uncle, a baptist minister his whole life, decided to get a formal theological training that resulted in a Doctorate of Divinity. The second doctorate in our family (the first is a neuroscientist). We had a conversation in which he compared the African American worship experiences to Youruba, Santeria, Voudon practices.

I picked up Imagine Being More Afraid of Freedom Than Slavery at the now-closed Foozles (R.I.P.) which is somehow signed! In the following video of poem "There, There" Pamela Sneed recounts her connections to these practices.

I haven't picked up Kong yet. But if you have, add your review in the comments below.


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