Secrets, Gossip, and Gods: The Transformation of Brazilian Candomblae by Paul Christopher Johnson (Paperback, 2005)
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- DescriptionIn this wide-ranging book Paul Christopher Johnson explores the changing, hidden face of the Afro-Brazilian indigeus religion of Candomble. Despite its importance in Brazilian society, Candomble has received far less attention than its sister religions Vodou and Santeria. Johnson seeks to fill this void by offering a comprehensive look at the development, beliefs, and practices of Candomble and exploring its transformation from a secret society of slaves-hidden, persecuted, and marginalized-to a public religion that is very much a part of Brazilian culture. Johnson traces this historical shift and locates the turning point in the creation of Brazilian national identity and a public sphere in the first half of the twentieth century. His major focus is on the ritual practice of secrecy in Candomble. Like Vodou and Santeria and the African Yoruba religion from which they are descended, Candomble features a hierarchic series of initiations, with increasing access to secret kwledge at each level. As Johnson shows, the nature and uses of secrecy evolved with the religion. First, secrecy was essential to a society that had to remain hidden from authorities. Later, when Candomble became kwn and actively persecuted, its secrecy became a form of resistance as well as an exotic hidden power desired by elites. Finally, as Candomble became a public religion and a vital part of Brazilian culture, the debate increasingly turned away from the secrets themselves and toward their possessors. It is speech about secrets, and t the content of those secrets, that is w most important in building status, legitimacy and power in Candomble. Offering many first hand accounts of the rites and rituals of contemporary Candomble, this book provides insight into this influential but little-studied group, while at the same time making a valuable contribution to our understanding of the relationship between religion and society.
- Author BiographyPaul Christopher Johnson is Assistant Professor of Religion at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He has published many articles on Brazil, the Caribbean, and American popular culture, exploring the relation of religion to social identity, memory, and practice.
- PrizesWinner of American Academy of Religion Award for Excellence in the Analytical-Descriptive Category 2003.
- Author(s)Paul Christopher Johnson
- PublisherOxford University Press Inc
- Date of Publication01/10/2005
- SubjectNon-Christian Religions
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- First Published2005
- ImprintOxford University Press Inc
- Content Note12 halftones
- Weight373 g
- Width154 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine15 mm
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