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Wicked Women and Femmes Fatales

Kelly E. Hayes

in Holy Harlots: Femininity, Sexuality, and Black Magic in Brazil

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520262645
eISBN:
9780520949430
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520262645.003.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Religion

This chapter examines the intersections of magic, morality, and social marginalization in contemporary Brazil as they are embodied in and through the figure of Pomba Gira. Rather than abstracting ... More


Pomba Gira and the Religious Imagination

Kelly E. Hayes

in Holy Harlots: Femininity, Sexuality, and Black Magic in Brazil

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520262645
eISBN:
9780520949430
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520262645.003.0002
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Religion

This chapter focuses on the psychosocial dimension: the all-too-human relationships, rivalries, and longings dramatized within and by the phenomenon of Pomba Gira. Like any other figure of religious ... More


Becoming a Zelador

Kelly E. Hayes

in Holy Harlots: Femininity, Sexuality, and Black Magic in Brazil

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520262645
eISBN:
9780520949430
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520262645.003.0005
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Religion

Maintaining harmonious relations with the spirit world involves a great deal of work: preparing and offering favorite dishes, holding annual parties, making sure altars are cleaned and infused ... More


Spiritual Defenders and Protectors

Kelly E. Hayes

in Holy Harlots: Femininity, Sexuality, and Black Magic in Brazil

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520262645
eISBN:
9780520949430
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520262645.003.0006
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Religion

In marked contrast to Maria Nazaré de Souza Oliveira's stories of human treachery, when she spoke of her various spirits it was always in positive terms as her protectors and spiritual guides. In ... More


Maria Molambo's Revenge

Kelly E. Hayes

in Holy Harlots: Femininity, Sexuality, and Black Magic in Brazil

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520262645
eISBN:
9780520949430
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520262645.003.0007
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Religion

This chapter suggests that in Maria Nazaré de Souza Oliveira's retrospective accounts of her spiritual development, it is clear that her relationship with the spirits, in particular Maria Molambo, ... More


If God is All Good, Then Only the Devil Can Combat Evil

Kelly E. Hayes

in Holy Harlots: Femininity, Sexuality, and Black Magic in Brazil

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520262645
eISBN:
9780520949430
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520262645.003.0008
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Religion

This chapter analyzes the distinctive trabalhos associated with Pomba Gira and other exu spirits as strategic ritual acts that disclose a particular view of the world at the same time that they are ... More


Balancing Human and Spirit Worlds

Kelly E. Hayes

in Holy Harlots: Femininity, Sexuality, and Black Magic in Brazil

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520262645
eISBN:
9780520949430
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520262645.003.0009
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Religion

This chapter, as the final line of the ponto cantado, suggests that the aim is to balance without falling, to exploit the resources of both the human and the spirit worlds simultaneously in order to ... More


Beyond Gender Asymmetry and Male Privilege

Robert A. Paul

in Mixed Messages: Cultural and Genetic Inheritance in the Constitution of Human Society

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780226240725
eISBN:
9780226241050
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226241050.003.0009
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

While gender asymmetry entailing male social and cultural superiority is widely found in the ethnographic record, it is not universal or necessary; rather it is one formulation of the distinction ... More


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