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Abstract

The essays in Esotericism in African American Religious Experience: “There is a Mystery” … establish the broad contours for trans-disciplinary examination of esoteric thought and practice in the Africana world. Having established the preliminary groundwork for a new field—Africana Esoteric Studies—the stage is set for exploration of the ways in which secrecy, concealment, and selective disclosure of information deemed essential for survival function within an array of African and African-Diasporan settings, particularly those that are part of the Atlantic World. This essay will look broadly at how the aforementioned tropes are engaged in the lyrics and performances of selected artists in the American Soul—Blues continuum of the late 1970s.

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In: New Approaches to the Study of Esotericism
In: Esotericism in African American Religious Experience
In: Esotericism in African American Religious Experience
In: Esotericism in African American Religious Experience