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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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Searching for Africa in Brazil: Power and Tradition in Candomblé - Stefania Capone Laffitte

Searching for Africa in Brazil: Power and Tradition in Candomblé – Stefania Capone Laffitte

Searching for Africa in Brazil is a learned exploration of tradition and change in Afro-Brazilian religions. Focusing on the convergence of anthropologists’ and religious leaders’ exegeses, Stefania Capone argues that twentieth-century anthropological research contributed to the construction of an ideal Afro-Brazilian religious orthodoxy identified with the Nagô (Yoruba) cult in the northeastern state of Bahia. In contrast to other researchers, Capone foregrounds the agency of Candomblé leaders. She demonstrates that they successfully imposed their vision ...
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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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Sorcery in the Black Atlantic -  Luis Nicolau Pares, Roger Sansi

Sorcery in the Black Atlantic – Luis Nicolau Pares, Roger Sansi

Most scholarship on sorcery and witchcraft has narrowly focused on specific times and places, particularly early modern Europe and twentieth-century Africa. And much of that research interprets sorcery as merely a remnant of premodern traditions. Boldly challenging these views, Sorcery in the Black Atlantic takes a longer historical and broader geographical perspective, contending that sorcery is best understood as an Atlantic phenomenon that has significant connections to modernity and globalization. A distinguished group of contributors ...
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