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THE HOLY GHOST DANCE


There is a Ghost Dance, a traditional dance done by many Native Americans. The Ghost Dance was first practiced by the Nevada Northern Paiute in 1889. The practice swept throughout much of the Western United States, quickly reaching areas of California and Oklahoma. African Americans had their own Ghost Dance a carryover into the church from the Voodoo dances and mystic trances.


People are invigorated, refreshed and enlightened when they receive the holy spirit. When people catch the holy ghost they sometimes fall because unholy spirits have affected them. This supernatural experience dupes persons into believing that the religion they are in at the time is from God. This subset of Voodoo originated in West Africa where African Americans originally came from and where followers believe in one supreme being and other lesser divine beings, and that the world of the living and the world of the dead are intertwined.


In voodoo many gods and spirits are prayed to or called on. ... Voodoo often has rituals with music and dancing. Drums are used to make most of this music. In voodoo people often believe that a spirit is in their body and controlling the body. The voodoo dance because it is related to the spirit world quite naturally found its way into religious denominations especially Black Pentacostal and the Baptist denominations. It also found it's way into white denominations called Holiness, Pentecostals, Charismatics, and evangelicals of the Appalachian mountain churches.