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Wherever the children of Africa have been scattered by slavery, there is the acceptance of Moses as the fountain of mystic powers. (viii)

Hurston writes about the enduring popularity of Moses among the people of the African diaspora. Moses is a popular figure among these people not only because he received the Ten Commandments but because he spoke directly to God.

Men learned to beat upon their breasts with clenched fists and breathe out their agony without sound. (1)

The ancient Hebrews are likened to slaves who live under the heel of the pharaoh, who is portrayed as a cruel plantation owner. In this retelling of the story of Exodus, the Hebrews speak in a Southern dialect and express the feelings and concerns of slaves. They must, for example, express their suffering silently—as they live under constant and brutal oppression.

If Horus is the weaver of the beginning of things, he's done put some mighty strange threads in his loom. (3)

Amran, a Hebrew slave, expresses himself in an American Southern dialect. This statement shows his antipathy towards the Egyptian god Horus. His life of being oppressed by the pharaoh has convinced him that this god is not his god. He doesn't believe in the creeds of the Egyptians, and he is primed to accept a new set of beliefs.

Long ago before he was twenty, he had found out he was two beings. (60)

Moses is portrayed as a human with real emotions. He is forceful in the light of day, but at night—in private—his true self emerges. Hurston portrays him as a man rather than as a myth. For example, he struggles with his marriage to...

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