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Secrets, gossip, and gods [electronic resource] : the transformation of Brazilian Candomblé / Paul Christopher Johnson.

Author/Creator:
Johnson, Paul C. (Paul Christopher), 1964-
Publication:
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2002.
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (238 p.)
Subjects:
Candomblé (Religion).
Secrecy.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Language:
English
Summary:
A comprehensive look at the development, beliefs, and practices of Candomblé, exploring its transformation from a secret society of slaves - hidden, persecuted, and marginalized - to a public religion that is very much part of Brazilian culture.
Contents:
Machine generated contents note: Introduction 3
Studying Secrets 7; Research Site 11; Methodological Note: Structure and
Practice 14; Strategy of This Book 17
PART I: Theoretical Boundaries
1. Secret Sits in the Middle 23
Concealment into Secrecy 23; Social Uses and Forms of Secrecy 25; Secrets in
Candomble 30
2. What Is Candomble? 35
Exchange, Consumption, and the Orixds 36; "Africa" in Brazil 41; Gender
and Spirit Possession 43; Terreiro and Axe 48; Candomble
in a Religious Field 51; Summary 55
PART II: Historical Layers of Secrecy
3. Slaves and Secrets 59
Colonial Secrets 59; Arriving Slaves 61; Religious Formation in
the Interstices 69; Repression and the New Secrecy 76
4. From Tumor to Trophy: The Nation-State and Candomble 79
Public Order in the Republic 81; New State and New Public
Order 91; State Secrets, Religious Secrets 96; Interpreting the
Transformation from 1890 to 1940 98; Summary 99
PART III: Secrecy and Ritual Practice
5. Public Space to Secret Place: Initiation and the Logic of Passage 103
The Act and the Word 104; Passage of the la6 108; Interpreting the Orders of
Ritual Space 123; Summary 129
6. Signifying the Street in Outbound Rites 131
Ritual One: Communal Offering (Eb6) 132; Ritual Two: Waters of
Oxald 137; Theoretical Interlude: Whose Meaning? 142; Ritual Three:
Dancing in the Heart of the Metropole 143
PART IV: How Secrets Become Public
7. Public Candomble 151
Theorizing the Public 153; Describing Public Candomble 156; From Ritual to
Discourse: Transformations of Traditional Candomble 166; Public Candomble
as Protestant Candomble 169; Summary 176
Conclusion 179
Recapitulation 180; Linking Two Trajectories: Secretism and Space, the
Ritualized Body and Place 184; The Place of Secretism 187.
Notes:
Description based upon print version of record.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 207-218) and index.
Description based on print version record.
ISBN:
0-19-518822-5
0-19-803429-6
1-4237-6317-3
9786610482177
1-280-48217-6
OCLC:
65196295
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