Public Candomblé

Paul Christopher Johnson

in Secrets, Gossip, and Gods

Published in print August 2002 | ISBN: 9780195150582
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834358 | DOI:
 Public Candomblé

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Candomblé's expansion beyond ethnic markers and beyond the bounds of the traditional sites of ritual practice is described and analyzed under the rubric of public Candomblé. The chapter interprets the shift from the traditional form of secrecy, the initiation of contained bodies within the inner chamber, to secretism, the circulation of discourse on the street about secrets. Public Candomblé is under construction through bureaucratic institutionalizing efforts, published information about Candomblé, television broadcasts, film representations, and sites devoted to Candomblé on the Web.

The second half of the chapter assesses the feedback loop between public Candomblé and traditional practice within the terreiros, schematized as a “protestant” effect – the condensation of ritual practice and concomitant elaboration of discourse.

Keywords: Candomblé; discourse; public; ritual; secrecy; secretism

Chapter.  16409 words. 

Subjects: East Asian Religions

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