Signifying the Street in Outbound Rites

Paul Christopher Johnson

in Secrets, Gossip, and Gods

Published in print August 2002 | ISBN: 9780195150582
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834358 | DOI:
 Signifying the Street in Outbound Rites

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Presents descriptions and interpretations of three ritual performances that share in common their reliance upon the space of the street. The first two are yearly terreiro‐based rituals in which the move to the street is secretive and the community's audience is itself alone, while the third is a public demonstration in the city's central plaza and seeks the attention of the public in general. The objective of viewing the three as a set is to show the move to the street as analogous to the revelation as a secret, but also to illustrate and interpret the shifting significance of the street. The public space of the street represents a site of danger, but also a site of public display in which the religion's national and public importance is expressed and, as a political claim, pressed.

Keywords: performances; public; revelation; ritual; street

Chapter.  9676 words. 

Subjects: East Asian Religions

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