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Praise House

The Praise House was found on most plantations and the enslaved Africans preserved some of their African spiritual traditions and practiced variations of rituals from their homeland in the praise house.  The ring shout was originally practiced by slaves in the coastal regions of South Carolina and Georgia.  Today, the ring shout, the call and response ritual, is a sliding counterclockwise movement that usually is performed in praise houses and churches on New Year’s Eve to celebrate community ties and honor ancestors.

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