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GUEST,Donna Origins/lyrics: Juba (38) RE: Origins/lyrics: Juba 10 Feb 14

Ms. Azizi, in an earlier post, stated, "I consider it a fortunate coincidence that the African word 'Juba" sounded so much like the words 'jubilee' and 'jubilant". IMO, "Juba' took on the hopeful, upbeat coloring of those two words, though they have almost certainly have different origins."

I always wondered if the name Juba was short for Jubilee, but for a different reason. In reading previous posts I learned that the term "juba" in the African language predates African slavery in the U.S. However, I still wonder about the following idea.

Since slaves were taught Bible stories, one that would surely have spoken to them is about the "year of Jubilee." Leviticus, chapter 25, talks about a year of rest. It took place every 7 years. Verses 8-13 say that after seven-sevens, 49 years, all slaves were to be freed and allowed to return home. That was the "year of Jubilee." (Whether this passage would have been taught in southern states during that time in history could certainly be questioned.)

Was Juba or Jubilee a common name given to children of slaves during that time?

I would welcome any thoughts or comments. Thanks for teaching me!

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