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Secrets, Gossip, and Gods: The Transformation of Brazilian Candomblé

Paul Christopher Johnson

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195150582
eISBN:
9780199834358
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195150589.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This book is about secrecy in religion and the process by which traditionally secretive religions become public, taking as its case the Afro‐Brazilian religion of Candomblé. The book argues that ... More


Introduction

Paul Christopher Johnson

in Secrets, Gossip, and Gods: The Transformation of Brazilian Candomblé

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195150582
eISBN:
9780199834358
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195150589.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

The introduction presents the concept of secretism and its relevance for the study of Brazilian Candomblé. Secretism is framed as a key issue brokering relations between indigenous religions and ... More


Secret Sits in the Middle

Paul Christopher Johnson

in Secrets, Gossip, and Gods: The Transformation of Brazilian Candomblé

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195150582
eISBN:
9780199834358
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195150589.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

Presents a point of departure for the study of secrecy through a close examination of Georg Simmel's seminal 1906 essay and offers a preliminary examination of secrets and secretism in Candomblé ... More


What Is Candomblé?

Paul Christopher Johnson

in Secrets, Gossip, and Gods: The Transformation of Brazilian Candomblé

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195150582
eISBN:
9780199834358
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195150589.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

Here, the religion of Candomblé is described. Candomblé is presented as a relatively stable system of meanings and practices. Johnson maps out the contour lines along which variations occur, the ... More


Slaves and Secrets

Paul Christopher Johnson

in Secrets, Gossip, and Gods: The Transformation of Brazilian Candomblé

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195150582
eISBN:
9780199834358
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195150589.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

Presents conceptions of secrecy West Africans brought with them to Brazil: the interpretive separation of superficial appearance from “deep knowledge,” the face presented in public (ori ode) versus ... More


From Tumor to Trophy: The Nation‐State and Candomblé

Paul Christopher Johnson

in Secrets, Gossip, and Gods: The Transformation of Brazilian Candomblé

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195150582
eISBN:
9780199834358
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195150589.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

Describes the sociopolitical context of the new republican public order of Brazil between 1889 and 1930 that uncovered a third historical layer of the practice of secrecy, now as resistance to the ... More


Public Candomblé

Paul Christopher Johnson

in Secrets, Gossip, and Gods: The Transformation of Brazilian Candomblé

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195150582
eISBN:
9780199834358
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195150589.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

Candomblé's expansion beyond ethnic markers and beyond the bounds of the traditional sites of ritual practice is described and analyzed under the rubric of public Candomblé. The chapter interprets ... More


Conclusion

Paul Christopher Johnson

in Secrets, Gossip, and Gods: The Transformation of Brazilian Candomblé

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195150582
eISBN:
9780199834358
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195150589.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

Explains the rise of secretism by summarizing three related arguments: First, Candomblé had no option to remain silent about the religion, only to either be represented or to take part in the control ... More


The House of Saint Benedict, the House of Father John: Umbanda Aesthetics and a Politics of the Senses

Lindsay Hale

in Race, Nation, and Religion in the Americas

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
April 2005
ISBN:
9780195149180
eISBN:
9780199835386
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195149181.003.0012
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The ritual aesthetics of Afrobrazilian religions such as Umbanda and Candomblé exhibit a great range of diversity. This chapter explores the possibility that the diverse aesthetics of Afrobrazilian ... More


Religion and the Politics of Ethnic Identity in Bahia, Brazil

Stephen Selka

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813031712
eISBN:
9780813039572
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813031712.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Latin American Studies

Brazilians of African descent draw upon both Christian and African diasporic religions to construct their racial identities in a variety of intriguing ways. Focusing on the Recôncavo region of ... More


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