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Ecstatic Encounters: Bahian Candomblé and the Quest for the Really Real -  Mattijs van de Port

Ecstatic Encounters: Bahian Candomblé and the Quest for the Really Real – Mattijs van de Port

For over a hundred years, writers, artists, anthropologists and tourists have travelled to Bahia, Brazil, in search of the spirit possession cult called Candomblé. Thus, successive generations of cultists have seen a long, steady stream of curious outsiders coming to their temples with notebooks and cameras, questions and inquisitive gazes, or ogling eyes and the hope of inclusion. This study asks what seduced these outsiders to seek access to the Afro-Brazilian religious universe and, conversely, ...
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Nago Grandma and White Papa: Candomble and the Creation of Afro-Brazilian Identity - Beatriz Gois Dantas

Nago Grandma and White Papa: Candomble and the Creation of Afro-Brazilian Identity – Beatriz Gois Dantas

Nago Grandma and White Papa is a signal work in Brazilian anthropology and African diaspora studies originally published in Brazil in 1988. This edition makes Beatriz Gois Dantas's historic ethnographic study available to an English-speaking audience for the first time. Dantas compares the formation of Yoruba (Nago) religious traditions and ethnic identities in the Brazilian states of Sergipe and Bahia, revealing how they diverged from each other due to their different social and political contexts ...
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Secrets, Gossip, and Gods: The Transformation of Brazilian Candomblé - Paul Christopher Johnson

Secrets, Gossip, and Gods: The Transformation of Brazilian Candomblé – Paul Christopher Johnson

In this wide-ranging book Paul Christopher Johnson explores the changing, hidden face of the Afro-Brazilian indigenous religion of Candomblé. Despite its importance in Brazilian society, Candomblé has received far less attention than its sister religions Vodou and Santeria. Johnson seeks to fill this void by offering a comprehensive look at the development, beliefs, and practices of Candomblé and exploring its transformation from a secret society of slaves--hidden, persecuted, and marginalized--to a public religion that is ...
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