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God-or Vodum, Jehova, Oledamare, Jesus Christ, Allah, and Baba Loas, neither one is less the divinity that enters and seizes the righteous in a Pentecostal, Baptist, or Voodoo ceremony because He or She is called by either one of these names mentioned. In any of the fundamentally so-called "Save Soul Churches" of African American and European American sponsorship, one can easily note that Voodoo and Ju Ju have been co-opted in many of their forms into the Judaeo-Christian setting that is common to Christians and Jews in the United States of America. Within this phenomenal development, the so-called "Negro Spiritual" is the most common and acceptable "paganistic incantation" to European-American Jews and Christians. Why? Because they see such African American incantations ("Negro Spirituals") as religious entertainment by truly black-faced minstrels.
Are the "Negro Spirituals" in any way a developmental outgrowth of European American style Christianity? Or, are they not an extension of indigenous African traditional religious chants that underwent European and European American style Jewish and Christian influences? The latter is definitely the case. Of course, this conclusion will be very heatedly denied by those who wish not to be labeled- among other things- "pagans, savages, uncivilized, cannibals," etc. But the fact still remains that Ju Ju , Voodoo, Witchcraft, and Magic all basic elements within the so-called "Western Religions", have been emphasized in the African American (Black) owned and controlled synagogues, churches, and mosques.
The history of the African Americans' belated entrance into European American style Christian Protestantism and Roman Catholocism is in itself evidence that the Africans, who were at the time chattel slaves of European and European American Jewish and Christian slavemasters, were not wanted by the in-groups (their slavemasters). Could it have been possible that those indigenous Africans- such as Moses, St.Augustine, Bilal and others-primarily made Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, the mass organizations they are) would have adopted the existing forms of religious worship their slavemasters were using to enslave them into? Not at all so. The mere fact that they were forcibly excluded from all forms of Jewish, Christian, and Islamic ("Western Religions") religious worship; and that they were persecuted and prosecuted for any attempt at practicing either on their own, is further prime facie evidence that there is a distinctly different Judaism, Christianity, and Islam developed by the African Americans that is not attributable and/or applicable to, and by, European Americans. The uniqueness of their common eating habits represents no major differences between the two groups. For example, the African American was forced to develop an appetite for "chitterlings, ham hocks, pig ears, tails and feet". Why? Because all other parts of the pig ,like all other edible animals, were reserved for the European and European slave masters- Christian and Jewish-in and out of religion. In the case of the so called "Western Religions", the Africans were even denied the right to read any book whatsoever, that is, including the Jewish or Christian "Holy Scripture", much less the Moselem's- which was not tolerated among the colonists, even after they became independent as the United States of America.
One must remember that the Africans, although crushed in their every attempt to participate within the culture of the bestial environment of slavery, did communicate with each other in the cotton fields and other places where they labored, through Voodoo, Ju Ju, and other richly spiritual and religious devotions they developed in their homeland- the continent of Africa. The bestiality of their slavemasters further made them learn each other's religious songs and chants. This conglomerate of religious exultation, therefore, became the background for the later development which is today erroneously called "Negro Spirituals", instead of African incantations, or Voodoo chants. It is to be remembered that the slaves were Africans; not "Negroes". "Negroes" were originated by the European slavemasters, so was "Negroland".
There was nothing "Negro" about the development of the "Spirituals". They were developed by millions of Africans; not one of whom was a "free man", not one a "citizen"; not one a "human being" under the laws of Great Britain up until 1776 C.E.; neither were they so considered after the American war of independence from Great Britain nor after their Federal Constitution was written, and from thence through the 14th Amendment of said document in 1885 C.E.; and to a very great extent not even today in 1970-more than 350 years after the first group of Africans were brought to the United States of America as indentured and chattel slaves.
Further proof lies in the fact that Africans on the European and European American slave farms, plantations, or in the businesses and big houses sang their "African Spirituals" and chanted their other Voodoo and Ju Ju praises to Africa's Gods long before they could even understand what the Gods of their European and European American captors were all about. This European style Christian God (Jesus Christ) was different to the Jesus Christ presented to them in Ethiopia before He was introduced to the Romans in Rome.
"Fare de well, fare de well...", etc. may be to most Black and White peoples in the United States of America today from some sort of poetically broken english. Yes! Certainly poetic and definitely broken in its English. Yet, it came from a "Negro Spiritual" that had its origin in the savagery of the Jewishless and Christianless slavemasters' sadistic cruelty and genocide upon their helpless and defenseless African slaves. "Fare de well, fare de well" that the blows from the master's bull-whip, with its metal pellets, would not maim another African slave if he (or she) was not lucky enough to die from the blows instead. This is what these words that were composed during the world's worst era of genocide by one group of mankind inhumanity towards the other (European and European American physical and mental enslavement of the African peoples in Africa, the Caribbean Island, and Continental Americas) were saying.
"Go down Moses, way down in Egypt's land, tell ole Pharoah let my people go...," etc. may in itself suggest Jewish (Hebrew) origin. Yet, in fact, it was the poetic expression which was so common in the Africans' rebellion of their disgust and contempt for their Christian and Jewish slavemasters that were being exulted. But,, why did the slaves use the name of a fellow indigenous African- Moses (a Haribu) - in their appeal for freedom, and could not see the justice in their other fellow African- Pharoah (King) Ramsees II's reason for exiling his fellow indigenous Africans of the Hebrew religion (Jews?) Because of many reasons, most common of which are
(A) They did not know that Moses was an indigenous African, as they were.
(B) Biblical Egypt had always been taught in churches and synagogues as a mythical place where Africans (whom the slavemasters renamed "Negroes") did not exist.
(C) They were brainwashed into believing that the enslavement of the African Jews by their fellow African worshippers of the God Ra was an act against their God (Jehova of the Jews, and Jesus Christ of the Christians); but their own slavery, on the other hand, was "the will of God."
(D) And that their own enslavement was for their own benefit, since "slavery saved them from being beaten by their much more cannibalistic uncivilized pagan fellow Africans, who were not as fortunate as they were to... hear the message of God" (Jesus Christ).
The hatred implanted into the preceding words with regard to Moses and his troubles with his fellow African, Pharoah Ramses II, is still sung with greater passion in African American Churches than songs of their own enslavement- such as "Ole Man River" and "Lift Every Voice and Sing". IN most of the sophisticated so called "middle class" minded "Negro Churches"- such as the "Negro" Presbyterians, Anglicans, Roman Catholics, Lutherans, Moravians, etc., these songs seem to be banned by a kind of gentlemen's agreement to, hopefully, bury their historic past memories of chattel slavery. In this manner, the beneficiaries of slavery, their slavemasters' descendants, can easily forget the fact that the slaves' labor, which created said wealth, goes still unpaid.
(continued in next post)