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Acknowledgments I would like to thank a number of people without whom this book would not have been possible. First and foremost, I thank my parents, whose dedication to scholarship and learning inspired my decision to become an anthropologist. Your moral and material support over these years will always be remembered. I could not have completed this book without the help of my wife, Kristen, who has been by my side ever since this project was just a vague idea in my head. She provided encouragement when I needed it, consolation when things were not going my way, and an occasional swift kick in the ass to get me going again when I faltered. Early on in college and graduate school, Jake Early and Susan Brown encouraged my interest in the study of syncretism and religious complexity. Later, Jim Collins helped me refine the theoretical perspective from which this book is written; Liliana Goldín coached me as I wrote the grant proposals that funded my fieldwork; and Louise Burkhart provided candid feedback and close editing of the text (and corrected me on the finer points of Catholic doctrine that had apparently escaped me in catechism). In addition, I benefited greatly from John Burdick’s encouragement and support over the years. My initial visits to Brazil would not have been possible without financial support from the Department of Anthropology, Graduate Student Organization, and Benevolent Foundation at the University at Albany. In addition, I am very grateful to have been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to fund my extended fieldwork. In Brazil, my contacts at the Universidade Federal da Bahia (UFBA), especially Mark Cravalho and Miriam Rabelo, helped me get established in Brazil and have never hesitated to provide assistance whenever I needed it. Thanks are also due to Jeferson Bacelar and Livio Sansone at the Centro dos Estudos Afro-Oreintais (CEAO) in Salvador. In Chicago, where I began working on my manuscript, I benefited from the encouragement and advice of a number of people, including Willie Hart of the  Acknowledgments Friends of the Amistad Research Center and Michael Hanchard of Northwestern University. In 2004, I moved to New Orleans to teach at Tulane University and to continue working on my book. I am grateful to my colleagues at Tulane in the Department of Anthropology and Stone Center for Latin American Studies who provided support and votes of confidence, especially Vicki Bricker, Judie Maxwell, Chris Dunn, Martha Huggins, Adeline Masquelier, and Bob Hill. Unfortunately, my time at Tulane was cut short by Hurricane Katrina. Back in Chicago, however, I was welcomed by so many people who went out of their way to accommodate a displaced colleague trying to finish a book. Special thanks to Jean Comaraoff from the Department of Anthropology and Dain Borges from Latin American Studies at the University of Chicago; Bill Leonard from the Department of Anthropology, Richard Joseph from the Program of African Studies, and Brodwyn Fischer from the Latin American Studies Department at Northwestern University; and John Monaghan from the Department of Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Most importantly, I would like to thank everyone who participated in this study: the members of the Irmandade do Rosário, members of the Pastoral Afro and the Movimento Evangélico Progressista (MEP), activists in the Movimento Negro Unificado (MNU) and the Partido dos Trabalhadores (PT), and all of the candomblecistas and evangelicals who patiently and generously shared their time and insights with me. Finally, I give particular thanks to Kevin Yelvington, Eli Bortz, and Susan Albury for their editorial guidance on this project. ...


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