Hittin' the Prayer Bones Paperback

Materiality of Spirit in the Pentecostal South

by Anderson Blanton;

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Hittin' the Prayer Bones

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In this work, Anderson Blanton illuminates how prayer, faith, and healing are intertwined with technologies of sound reproduction and material culture in the charismatic Christian worship of southern Appalachia. From the radios used to broadcast prayer to the curative faith cloths circulated through the postal system, material objects known as spirit-matter have become essential since the 1940s, Blanton argues, to the Pentecostal community's understanding and performances of faith. "Hittin' the Prayer Bones" draws on Blanton's extensive site visits with church congregations, radio preachers and their listeners inside and outside the broadcasting studios, and more than thirty years of recorded charismatic worship made available to him by a small Christian radio station. In documenting the transformation and consecration of everyday objects through performances of communal worship, healing prayer, and chanted preaching, Blanton frames his ethnographic research in the historiography of faith healing and prayer, as well as theoretical models of materiality and transcendence. At the same time, his work affectingly conveys the feelings of horror, healing, and humor that are unleashed in practitioners as they experience, in their own words, the sacred, healing presence of the Holy Ghost.

Hittin' the Prayer Bones by Anderson Blanton was published by The University of North Carolina Press in October 2015. The ISBN for Hittin' the Prayer Bones is 9781469623979.

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Details for Hittin' the Prayer Bones

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback / softback
PublisherThe University of North Carolina Press (October 2015)
Number of Pages240
Thickness17 mm
Height235 mm
Width155 mm
Product Code4337871
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