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The black and massive form of the preacher swayed and quivered as the words crowded his lips and flew at us in singular eloquence. 29 But what Du Bois witnesses is more than an experience with the divine; it is the experience of historical memory. ”31 Long, Significations, 4. Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folk, 116. 29 Rudolf Otto, The Idea of the Holy (1923; Oxford: Oxford U P , 1958): 17. 30 Long, Significations, 183. 31 Significations, 183. 27 28 8 MEMORY AND MYTH º It is this sense of religion as orientation, or disorientation, that foregrounds an understanding and appreciation of postcolonial religiosity32 and its presence in literature.

51 The conquest consequently had an impact on the landscape and geography of the place as boundaries and territories were mapped out to create a new cartography of space. The racist and imperialistic ap- Edward W. Said, Orientalism (1978; Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1995). Said, Orientalism, 2. 47 Orientalism, 3. 48 Friedrich Max Müller is often considered as the founder of comparative religion. See esp. his Introduction to the Science of Religion (London: Longmans, Green, 1873). 49 See Chidester, Savage Systems.

44 Eliade, The Quest, 96. 39 40 10 MEMORY AND MYTH º the European invention of the metropole as the sacred centre; colonized peoples have pursued their own, usually disappointing, pilgrimages to this imagined temple. Edward Said’s notion of Orientalism45 is comparable to Eliade’s understanding of sacred space. Orientalism is a European projection of what it wants the Orient to be while simultaneously supporting the West’s own sense of self. In Eliadean terms, Orientalism is the replicating of the sacred centre.

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