Turn on your sound! Spent my Saturday night connecting with the ancestors- I usually prefer them over actual humans LOL
Harriet Tubman has been on my mind all month long! Which is why I have her on my altar. She is so revolutionary. Literally a trained guerrilla soldier, a spiritual warrior who gave no fux about the risks associated with helping free her people! Guided by DIVINE VISION. She, like so many of our ancestors who have transitioned, paved the way for us all today. They made a place for us to continue the WORK...and I fully take on that responsibility!
The song playing in the background is “Wade in the Water (1978)” by the St James Missionary Baptist Church of Canton. Songs like this one are a form of “moaning” which in itself is a type of conjure- a genuine expression of pain in the context of a transformatively healing process through song (i.e. vibration). I was raised in the Church, specifically Southern Missionary Baptist, and the congregation sang a lot of songs like this. This is the OLD TIMEY kind of gospel, not so much like contemporary, turnt Mary Mary gospel 😂
Until I did more research into my roots, I didn’t know that this form of singing had DEEPER roots. Sharecroppers like my grandmother and others sang this while out in the fields picking cotton. This type of healing was facilitated by a collective effervescence of being in sync through song.
Learn about your ROOTS, baby!
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