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The African Religions of Brazil: Toward a Sociology of the Interpenetration of Civilizations (Johns Hopkins Studies in Atlantic History and Culture) by Professor Roger Bastide,Professor Helen Sebba
ISBN: 0801820561
ISBN13: 978-0801820564
Author: Professor Roger Bastide,Professor Helen Sebba
Book title: The African Religions of Brazil: Toward a Sociology of the Interpenetration of Civilizations (Johns Hopkins Studies in Atlantic History and Culture)
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Pages: 494 pages
Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press; First Am edition edition (September 1, 1978)
Language: English
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Category: Anthropology

Written by one of France's most brilliant and creative anthropologists, The African Religions of Brazil is regarded as a classic in Afro-American studies. First published in France in 1960, the book represents a singular effort to develop a theory of the interpenetrations of African, European, Christian, and non-Christian cultures in Brazil from colonial times to the present. Addressing a remarkable range of topics -- from mysticism and syncretism to the problems of collective memory, from the history of slavery in Brazil to world-wide race relations -- the work is shaped by the author's rich and original conceptual framework. The result is a compelling study of the origins and growth of a native religious environment.

The English translation is supplemented with a biographical foreword by Richard Price and a thematic introduction by Brazilian sociologist Duglas T. Monteiro.


Books reviews
Agalen
This is excellent work by Bastide. Thorough sociological perspective on the syncretism of Catholicism and Africanism in Brazil. He uses a wealth of sources to support his brilliant thesis. Highly recommend for anyone interested in Candomble, or evolution of Afro-religious development in Brazil.
Malalrajas
This is a very comprehensive work on African-Brazilian religions, considering its historical, anthropological and sociological aspects and covering a wide range of topics. It is probably the best starting point if you are interested in studying the subject. Roger Bastide's methodological approach is very rich and suggestive, as he focuses sociological aspects of the problem and thus manages to escape many of the problems arising from an exclusively culturalist interpretation of the phenomenon. It is obviously an old book, which shows some defficiencies more than 50 years after its original release, both because African-Brazilian religions have changed since them and because new methodological approaches have emerged, but it is still a rich analysis and a solid reference.
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