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Hittin' the Prayer Bones – Materiality of Spirit in the Pentecostal South - North Carolina Scholarship Online
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Hittin' the Prayer Bones: Materiality of Spirit in the Pentecostal South

Anderson Blanton


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 ... More

Keywords: Appalachian studies, Anthropology of the senses, material culture, materiality, religion and media, Pentecostalism, faith healing, prayer, mass media ritual

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781469623979
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469623979.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anderson Blanton, author

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