Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Mary Clarke, Lynwood Montell, Kenneth Clarke

Degree Program

Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology

Degree Type

Master of Arts


Analysis of theme, style and structure of the chanted sermons of a Virginia preacher shows that the chanted sermon is a powerful ritualistic expression in certain communities. As practiced among Afro-American groups the chanted sermon is a ritual expression which serves to resolve conflicts, affirm values, and meet certain socio-psychological needs.


African American Studies | Anthropology | Arts and Humanities | Linguistic Anthropology | Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies | Religion | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Social and Cultural Anthropology