Holy Harlots : Femininity, Sexuality, and Black Magic in Brazil / Kelly E. Hayes.
- Berkeley, CA : University of California Press, 
1 online resource (312 pages)
- Afro-Brazilian cults -- Brazil.
- In English.
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- Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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- Holy Harlots examines the intersections of social marginality, morality, and magic in contemporary Brazil by analyzing the beliefs and religious practices related to the Afro-Brazilian spirit entity Pomba Gira. Said to be the disembodied spirit of an unruly harlot, Pomba Gira is a controversial figure in Brazil. Devotees maintain that Pomba Gira possesses an intimate knowledge of human affairs and the mystical power to intervene in the human world. Others view this entity more ambivalently. Kelly E. Hayes provides an intimate and engaging account of the intricate relationship between Pomba Gira and one of her devotees, Nazaré da Silva. Combining Nazaré's spiritual biography with analysis of the gender politics and violence that shapes life on the periphery of Rio de Janeiro, Hayes highlights Pomba Gira's role in the rivalries, relationships, and struggles of everyday life in urban Brazil.A DVD of the film Slaves of the Saints is included.
Part One. Introduction: Wicked Women and Femmes Fatales
Part Two. Society: The Urban Periphery
Part Three. Discourse: Stories about Pomba Gira
Part Four. Practice: Working with Pomba Gira
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- De Gruyter.
- Contained In:
- De Gruyter University Press Library.
- Publisher Number:
- 10.1525/9780520949430 doi
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- Restricted for use by site license.
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