Nagô Grandma and White Papa
Candomblé and the Creation of Afro-Brazilian Identity
Publication Year: 2009
Published by: The University of North Carolina Press
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I hope this study contributes to enriching the debate on so-called Afro- Brazilian religions, which have not been the object of many publications over the past decade. People and institutions contributed in different ways to the making of this work. I should like to express my thanks to them...
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As an analytical field, the study of so-called Afro- Brazilian1 religions â and of CandomblĂŠ in particular â has traditionally privileged cultural contents and their specificities in addition to the search for their origins. Continuous allusion to Africa and the unceasing...
ONE: The Configuration of Prestige in XangĂ´ Terreiros
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A flourishing city in the state of Sergipeâs sugarproducing region during the nineteenth century, Laranjeiras is considered the initial focal point and strongest center of NagĂ´ tradition in the state (Oliveira, 1978), as well as a city in which so-called Afro-Brazilian cults vigorously proliferate...
TWO: NagĂ´ Speaks of Itself
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In studies of Afro-Brazilian religions â particularly those concerning the NagĂ´ CandomblĂŠ â the history of terreiros and the genealogies of their leaders are often presented as proof of a continuity with Africa which attests to the fact that it is a certain set of cultural features experienced...
THREE: NagĂ´ Speaks of âthe Othersâ
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Although she initially differentiates cults that came from Africa from those established in Brazil, the mĂŁe-de-santo distinguishes different forms of relationship to different African ethnicities among the former. âIn the old days, all you had in Laranjeiras...
FOUR: The Construction and Meaning of âNagĂ´ Purityâ
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In this chapter, I return to certainly previously stated ideas, to differences in the features of NagĂ´ purity as conceived within the Laranjeiras terreiro and in the âpure NagĂ´â CandomblĂŠ terreiros of Bahia. Because the ideology of purity presupposes the existence of an original state, a sort of cultural...
FIVE: Uses of Africa by the NagĂ´ Terreiro
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In this chapter I propose to analyze how the intellectual movement that glorified the African is reflected in a small city of the Northeast and how the NagĂ´ terreiro of Laranjeiras, having established its exclusivity of pure African tradition, uses such glorification in the competitive market of symbolic goods...
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Throughout this work NagĂ´ hegemony has been an ever-recurring problem. In their attempts to come to grips with it, Brazilian black studies scholars have resorted to various factors. Nina Rodrigues, who initially explained it through the numerical...
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Page Count: 208
Illustrations: 2 line drawings, 1 map
Publication Year: 2009
Series Title: LAT