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The House of Saint Benedict, the House of Father John

Lindsay Hale

in Race, Nation, and Religion in the Americas

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780195149180
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835386 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195149181.003.0012
The House of Saint Benedict, the House of Father John

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The ritual aesthetics of Afrobrazilian religions such as Umbanda and Candomblé exhibit a great range of diversity. This chapter explores the possibility that the diverse aesthetics of Afrobrazilian religion reflect and express divergent stances toward contested issues of race and identity in Brazil, while constituting markedly different experiences of spirituality and the sacred. The chapter suggests that we approach Afrobrazilian religious aesthetics through a “politics of the senses.”

Keywords: Brazil; Afrobrazilian religion; Candomblé; Umbanda; aesthetics; race; identity; spirituality; ritual; “politics of the senses”

Chapter.  10500 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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