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By Joy R. Bostic

African-American lady Mysticism: 19th Century non secular Activism is a crucial book-length therapy of African-American girl mysticism. the first topics of this ebook are 3 icons of black girl spirituality and spiritual activism - Jarena Lee, Sojourner fact, and Rebecca Cox Jackson.

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An essential kinship exists between the soul and what Plato referred to as the Absolute principle of the universe. Due to the attachment of the soul to the body, the soul is far from home. The highest realization of the self lies in the soul’s return home to the realm of the Absolute. 10 In this process, the soul must become detached from false reality—that is, the body and bodily senses—in order to know true reality. The body is a burden, an impediment to self-realization, true knowledge, and immortality.

In nineteenth-century North America, however, the religious field dominated by Platonized Christianity did not operate in a vacuum. Diverse political, social, economic, and religious factors converged to impact various fields. This convergence of cultures within the “lattice of power” entrenched in the matrix of domination, or in other words, the meta-field of Western Christian hegemony, consisted of a confluence of traditions and dispositions—Native American, Anglo, and African—that informed a larger “American” habitus (what Charles Long refers to as Aboriginal-Euro-African temporal geographic area known as “America” as a space of inquiry).

74 Through this empowerment and view of God, justice, and community, African American women understood that they were divinely authorized to engage in the prophetic critique of, and religious and social activism that would challenge, the power exerted by dominating structures and institutions and the symbolic forms of violence that they engendered. ”75 These women travel across the country and even travel internationally spreading a message of redemption, social inclusivity, and justice. Their mystical activism is grounded in religious experiences that are in some ways similar to the mystical experiences penned by Western Christian mystics.

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