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Excerpt from The Religious Development of the Negro in Virginia: A Dissertation Submitted to the Faculty of the University of Virginia in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree, of Doctor of Philosophy
In short, their religion began and ended in a belief in spirits. Animistic, oppressed, infinitely crude, the poor savages were subjects by night and day, to a host of good and evil spirits. If drowned in the river, one's family believed that it was merely a case in which the water spirit was victorious; if eaten by a wild beast, it was still the working of an evil spirit; if struck by light ning, the same; if in'a dream, the realization of a seeming dual ity of one's personality was positively convincing that the spirit had gone hunting, fishing or what not. This second personality.
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