I saw this article somewhere and thought it interesting and worth sharing with you all.
The Promise of Heaven
The most important aspect of Christianity for the enslaved was the promise of heaven — a promise made by plantation owners. This idea preached the notion that for all the suffering that is done in the physical world, your soul will be preserved and you will experience a hardship-free spiritual life, according to Slave Resistance, A Caribbean Study. What this did for enslaved Black people was give them hope for the future. Converted enslaved people’s belief in heaven allowed some to passively resist their plantation owners and focus on the afterlife. With that belief, all of the beatings and lashings meant nothing because in heaven the enslaved person would be rewarded and the master would be punished.
The vigorous, constant plantation work assigned by owners left the enslaved people hardly any time for themselves, and that included religious activities, according to christianitytoday.com. Some plantation owners required the enslaved to work even on Sunday, an intentional move to break them away from their religious regimen and softening them over time to accept whatever religion was presented to them by the plantation owners.
Plantation owners separated the enslaved people who spoke the same tribal language so they could not worship together and could be taught Christianity at the same time, according to an article titled TheInconceivable State of African-American Christianity on christianitytoday.com.
Moving family members from one another broke down the spirit of the enslaved, as they believed wholeheartedly in worshipping together, according to academia.edu in a study on the role of religion in Africa. With their family units broken, their African beliefs were broken, too, making them more willing to accepting another religion.
Demonstration of Power
When Africans were captured and brought to America by the Europeans, they often attributed the Europeans’ power to the power of the Europeans’ God. Therefore, it was often easy for some enslaved Africans to begin to worship the victorious Christian God in place of their own gods.
Often, African practices were brought into Christianity in new and interesting ways as a way of luring the enslaved into Christianity and away from their religion, according to an article at the Mariners Museum called Captive Passage. Enslaved Africans in Roman Catholic nations often converted easily because of Catholicism’s ability to accommodate and absorb other beliefs.
Mixing of Religious Practices
Symbols and objects, such as crosses, were conflated with charms carried by Africans to ward off evil spirits. Christ was interpreted as a healer similar to the priests of Africa, according to PBS’ Slavery and the Making of America. In the New World, fusions of African spirituality and Christianity led to distinct new practices among enslaved populations, including voodoo or vodun in Haiti and Spanish Louisiana. Although African religious influences were also important among Northern Black people, exposure to Old World religions was more intense in the South, where the density of the Black population was greater.
Missionary Work in West Indies
Missionaries — from the Moravians, the Baptists and the Methodists — all engaged in the process of Christianization in the West Indies, according to an article by Jeffrey K. Padgett titled TheChristianization of Slaves in the West Indies. By the middle of the 18th century, Moravian chapels and mission houses were in populated areas of many of the British-controlled islands. Missionaries argued to planters that the enslaved needed religion and that planters also would benefit from the conversion.
In the Caribbean colonies of Cuba and Saint-Domingue, religion was taught to enslaved Africans as a means of social control more than as a means to edify their souls, according to an article titled SlaveReligion in Central and South America. Especially in the colonies’ early days, while the plantations were small and the enslaved population was not huge, plantation owners used religion to teach obedience. In Cuba and Brazil, Catholic saints were often equated with gods from Africa — generating familiarity for the enslaved.
9 Devastating Actions White Slave Masters Took to Convert Black People to Christianity
Ty, thanks for the reminding me of Beyond the Mayflower. I have the book at home, but it’s probably been a decade (maybe two) since I cracked it open. I’m definitely going to have to give it another read.
This is a awesome read. Hi Everyone… I am helping my daughter prepare for a test. I will be on more often after. I will come back and read the other posts later.
No prob Toy….take your time….we have you and baby Toy covered in love, protection, light and blessings….
Off to bed…Goodnight Ty/Yw and KB
And number 2 on the Louisana Code Noir…II. Makes it imperative on masters to impart religious instruction to their slaves. – hmmm impart religious domination over their slaves
No problem Miss Ty i copied from someone too lol bunch of someones to be honest
Include the lynch letter as reference material on many of what is in this post, and the books you guys are reading.
Will do…cami, you first introduced me to the lynch letters and I have it on PDF
Babes introduced me to it in 2011. I was amazed to see that the instructions in the letter did take on a life of its own and very much in effect today day.
“Marcus Garvey was revolutionary not only because of his ideas, but also because of his ability to communicate them to large numbers of people. In his speech, “Look For Me In The World Wind,” Garvey tells his followers: “If I die in Atlanta my work shall then only begin, but I shall live, in the physical or spiritual to see the day of Africa’s glory. When I am dead wrap the mantle of the Red, Black and Green around me, for in the new life I shall rise with God’s grace and blessing to lead the millions up the heights… Read more »
Bap bap bap …look for me in the whirlwind or the storm…
Im have The Negro with the hat up to read next. My summer reading list full a life n revolutionary readings
Kb, I am copying off your paper…I will have to add that book to my list….
Hmmm…good speech. Makes me thing Garvey was and Oya man. 🙂
hey SS, i did not even think of that, you may be right….
I third that Cami and Kb….Obara needs to do another something is brewing post….
I cannot even bare to hear the death toll of the earthquake …
Don cheadle…darn auto correct….
Yes ive experienced hurricane and tornado so i too have heard the wailing n howling. People often said the winds are howling i never knew what that meant until listening to hurricanes. It sounds just like human crying.
A mi one left in yah fi type ツ lol
I swear I love unno…only here I can come to learn, share, laugh, get serious, think…all in good fun….
we love yu to because you are a balance spirit.
Good, I was’t in the closet hallucinating, lolololllllllllll
Oh Cami Before the Mayflower also addrresses why the Native Americans were not slaves…they were too sickly and often fell ill. Which means they were no good for the fields. Ive often wondered about this…
Also the Indian would often escape slavery n hide in the hills. With his countrymen assisting him. The African did not have this option at the time slavery started.
Some Indians had slaves too… Don charade learned on the genetics show that his ancestors were owned slaves ny American Indians….Because ameican Indians culture did not believe in farming the field….it was against what they thought….they thought the earth provided for them…. They also refused to farm…they would rather die of starvation than farm…
Hence them getting sick and dying. O ma se!!!
It’s true because their immune system wasn’t able to take on the nastiness that the Europeans had. Remember that in the winters Euros sheltered with their animals in doors, and on the ships they were limited in hygiene.
Africans immune system did strong because of their environment and expose to other tribes-geographically. The Caribs exposed to mostly family.
Yea man cah something has brewed long enough now it a bubble over smh
Anybody watching the riots in Bmore? I hate when we loot n burn buildings however i do understand and know the anger. Laws n legislation will need to change in this country and the world. O ma se!!!
Dem need to burn it down…money talks…black lives do not matter to them…only wish they did not destroy the black communities…
This brewing too long…i can no longer keep track of the names of all they have killed because they feel a police uniform keeps them in the right and the black skin is a trademark for Always being in wrong ….
Yu said it right there …money talks…we are the biggest consumers…stop spend for a full week, month across America. Something man damn…every life matters.
Obara need to come with another “something is brewing” post.
Them have to come wid a law whose intent matches the words of the legislation. Affirmative Action is a flawed piece of legislation because it does nothing to address the created conditions that have undermined the non-white communities.
Yw, it was a good intention project, but they fail to survey and revise AA. It’s kind of out of place now because it should have strong enough to deconstruct workplace and educational racist methods over time without quotas being so obvious.
Next famous strategy was to divide slaves by skin color….house and field niggers….to make one feel better than the other due to melanin deposits….sadly to this day, this idea remains in our psyche….many black little girls will choose a white doll as a good figure over a black one if given the choice…
Ty, I guess we seeing the after effect of psychological conditioning playing out with the bleachers (wash with hyssop), not to forget the Rawanda genocide. due the physiological measurement charts that separated the people.
Yes Cami we still living with the residues of slavery….
And of course the all time favorite of slave masters…..from the good book of course… cleanse me with hyssop and make me whiter than snow….,
Dem sick my stomach…
I cannot stand bible beaters….
Yes vers 7…. almost every slave can recite it….
Unless yuh beat them wid di bible. Is the only way to get it to really sink in…..(in a stern voice) Yw, that is not very love and lighty….
Dem ano authority on love n lighty doe smh lol
lol…last night I told my cousin not to watsapp me any bible nothing. She come back and ask if I don’t believe in god. I told her go beat har self wid har bible and go sleep…lol
KB, wha yuh mean, of course them is. Just look how many peaceful wars and non-bloody conflicts have been graced upon the entire human race by them……wow, that was a bit thick with sarcasm…
Cami, Cami, once again, once again….
Lest we forget the bible…the verses that were beaten into the head of the slaves..,
1 peter 2:18-20
I would also add the element of fear…that was a strong tactic used to enslave then and to this day continues….many christians live in fear…
KIA BBBBBBB!!! What a gwan? Love and light to you
ツツツ night YW wah gwaan bredda Love n light to yu n urs
Manners everyone….between the heat and rain down pour not sure how to feel….
This topic always boil my blood because of the visciousness of the acts of slavery….
Not to mention that i feel as that i was a slave in a former life…
Hail Ty i have that feeling as well. I feel as tho i revolted or jumped overboard before arriving. O ma se!!!
I fought and was in the resistance….i have many dreams….
I am pretty sure i was a twin also…
Ty, I don’t know if KB or other bloggers ever experience hurricanes. I know you have Ty/Yw.
During a 4 storm back to back I was inside my closet (comfortable with flashlight, food, first aide, books and water) and all I heard during the storm were wailing and human crying. I listened and it came to me that these are the souls of the Atlantic.
To solidify that voice informing me of that is…map which direction the hurricanes come from.
Yes, Cams, been in a few hurricanes. The voice of our ancestors are on those winds….
I think it was Garvey who said to look for him to come back with the wind…..I going to look for the quote…..
Evening all ES Massive good to see yu Cami n YW
Im currently reading Before the Mayflower by Lerone Bennett. OMG very interesting read. Breaks down the fundamentals of slavery…the beginning. It talks about who’s bright idea slavery was, how some Blacks n Whites were indentured servants before slavery and the first 4 Blacks to land in Jamestown, Va. Really awesome read thus far.
Hey Kb, i will get that book…
KB, does the book include the fact that those blacks before slavery began became slave holders too?
Night Cami yes it sure does. It speaks of one king that sold slaves. Got drunk with the slave herders n woke with a hangover in America as a slave. Also discusses that Blacks owned slaves. Hmm it does not seem to try to cover up any facts.
True Cami, but it was a different kind of slavery….less brutal….less heinous ….
Most slaves owned by blacks were gotten thru prisoners of war…..
The Europeans took it to another level….they cheated, stole , and bred blacks as livestock….to this day we are still not considered equal by our melanin deficient brothers and sisters…..
Code Noir was the standard of law for slavers and slaves.
Just read up on that….oh these people who feel they can own people….o ma se o…..
Oh watch “Bury me at wounded knee”. Nuff’ destructive, manipulative, undermining, long-lasting practices that set the stage for the systems that we still have in place to this day.
I’ve heard of that movie before…I’m going to search for it and watch it tonight.
Yes, watch it. Then think ’bout the “legal” shytstem. Put that with the education shytstem and you get an idea of what I mean by shytstem. A monetary system with a capitalist philosophy can only ever benefit the top shareholders. Too much on this one. It houlda haffi bruk down in a few pieces at least
Rahtid!! You is ‘ere. Den pull up a chair; there is so much to share because yu dun know I is are care 🙂
YES!!!! – just because you have returned and are calmer within yourself (is bit by bit wi do it). Wishing you all the best in this here new Monday. Love to you my sister…
Same to you my brother (a me dip wid a little curtsy…lol)
I’ve found the book and searching the pages because there is a particular term that was use to enforce religious laws on Blacks in Haiti.
GREAT POST! I’m going to pull a book on Haiti to add to this post…BB
ooops, Hey Obara, NuNu, Ty, Toy, Cher, SQ, KB ,YW and anyone else not mentioned.
YES! I’ve returned because I’m a bit calmer within myself.
lol, yuh mad ei nuh, dats why mi lub yuh!
Bayyy Obara…whad up? The motherland treating you well?
Later me come back to this post to follow up on Yw, Ty and KB replies.
Hey Cam happy you are back