For example, the practice of turning one’s head to the side or rolling the eyes upward (now known as rollingâ or cuttingâ eyes), which was used in African societies to show displeasure, took on an added meaning in Country. Orlando Subway Map Slaves were required to show deference to whites by not looking them in the eye, and cutting eyes seemingly satisfied white authority but also subtly challenged it.
Naming practices also show the slaves retention of old traditions and creation of new ones. During the seventeenth and early eighteenth century, parents often gave their children African names that could be easily disguised as English words: Cudjo became Joe, Phiba became Phoebe, and so on.
The common African practice of naming children after honored ancestors or based on which day of the week they had been born also continued in the colonies; some slave parents chose to use the English equivalent, so children might be given such names as Sunday or Wednesday. Masters might have found these names odd, but they rarely knew the hidden meaning behind them. Other names such as Quashie (Kwasi) and Cuffee (Kofi) had no English equivalent but could be easily pronounced by whites.
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