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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


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


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


Oduduwa's Chain: Locations of Culture in the Yoruba-Atlantic

Andrew Apter

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780226506388
eISBN:
9780226506555
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226506555.001.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, African Cultural Anthropology

This book challenges the seasoned trend of disavowing Africa in the Black Atlantic, showing how Yoruba cultural frameworks from West Africa remade black kingdoms and communities in the Americas. ... More


Candomblé, Afro-Brazilian Culture, and Anti-Racism

Stephen Selka

in Religion and the Politics of Ethnic Identity in Bahia, Brazil

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813031712
eISBN:
9780813039572
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813031712.003.0004
Subject:
Society and Culture, Latin American Studies

This chapter discusses Candomblé, Afro-Brazilian culture and anti-racism within the context of the several diverse African-derived religions in Salvador and other Afro-Brazilian communities. This ... More


The Sacred/Secular Popularity of Drums and Drummers

Clarence Bernard Henry

in Let's Make Some Noise: Axe and the African Roots of Brazilian Popular Music

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604730821
eISBN:
9781604733341
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604730821.003.0005
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

This chapter examines Candomblé musical performance, the role of drummers in Candomblé, and the influence of Candomblé musicians as popular music icons in their communities. It explains that the role ... More


Introduction

Stephen Selka

in Religion and the Politics of Ethnic Identity in Bahia, Brazil

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813031712
eISBN:
9780813039572
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813031712.003.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Latin American Studies

This book focuses on Brazilians of African descent. Focus is particularly directed on their Catholicism and their influences from African-derived religions in constructing their racial identities. ... More


Religion and Race in Brazil

Stephen Selka

in Religion and the Politics of Ethnic Identity in Bahia, Brazil

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813031712
eISBN:
9780813039572
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813031712.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Latin American Studies

Brazil is often cited as the world's most Catholic country however in reality Brazil is a plethora of religions. While Catholicism is still the primary religion of the majority of Brazilians, there ... More


Alternative Identities, Emergent Politics

Stephen Selka

in Religion and the Politics of Ethnic Identity in Bahia, Brazil

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813031712
eISBN:
9780813039572
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813031712.003.0005
Subject:
Society and Culture, Latin American Studies

Much of the discourse on Afro-Brazilian identity is pegged on Candomblé although the religion is not evenly practiced in Afro-Brazilian communities. Debates on syncretism, double belonging, and ... More


The Politics of Afro-Brazilian Identity

Stephen Selka

in Religion and the Politics of Ethnic Identity in Bahia, Brazil

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813031712
eISBN:
9780813039572
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813031712.003.0006
Subject:
Society and Culture, Latin American Studies

This chapter discusses the complex and contested ways in which religion is enmeshed with the politics of Afro-Brazilian identity. As shown in the previous chapters of the book, religion and ... More


Let's Make Some Noise: Axe and the African Roots of Brazilian Popular Music

Clarence Bernard Henry

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604730821
eISBN:
9781604733341
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604730821.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

This book is the culmination of several years of field research on sacred and secular influences of àsé, the West African Yoruba concept that spread to Brazil and throughout the African Diaspora. Àsé ... More


African-Brazilian Culture and Regional Identity in Bahia, Brazil

Scott Ickes

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780813044781
eISBN:
9780813046433
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813044781.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Latin American Studies

A close study of six major public religious festivals, including carnival, African-Brazilian Culture and Regional Identity in Bahia, Brazil, explores the cultural politics of regional identity in the ... More


The Political and Social Landscape of Salvador da Bahia

Kwame Dixon

in Afro-Politics and Civil Society in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780813062617
eISBN:
9780813055985
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813062617.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Latin American Studies

Chapter one provides a brief discussion of the cultural history of Salvador da Bahia; the social landscape and demographic profile of contemporary Salvador, and reviews key Afro-Bahian cultural ... More


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