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Gillian Richards-Greaves

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781496831156

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2021

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496831156.001.0001

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“Borrow a Day from God”

“Borrow a Day from God”

Navigating the Boundaries of Race and Religion in Rediasporization

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Gillian Richards-Greaves

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines the ways that religious doctrines, particularly those pertaining to “good” and “evil,” shape African-Guyanese perspectives on Blackness and their engagement with Come to My Kwe-Kwe. It particularly explores how Christian values, particularly “the myth of Ham,” (Johnson 2004:4) compel many African-Guyanese to reject African cultural practices, such as comfa, obeah, the traditional kweh-kweh, and Come to My Kwe-Kwe. This chapter reveals the strategies many African-Guyanese-Americans use—such as supporting ritual performances with biblical passages and borrowing a day from God to attend Come to My Kwe-Kwe —to accommodate seemingly disparate cultural and religious segments of their identities. Ultimately, this chapter shows how “Africanists” like the Faithists, who openly embrace African practices, create a space for Come to My Kwe-Kwe attendees including African, Guyanese, American, and religious, among other identities.

Keywords:   myth of Ham, comfa, obeah, Africanists, Faithists

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