The African Religions of Brazil: Toward a Sociology of the Interpenetration of Civilizations
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.
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The Dual Heritage
The Importation of Portugal and Africa to America
New Social Frameworks for AfroBrazilian Religions
Slave Protest and Religion
The Religious Element in Racial Conflict
Survivals of African Religion
A Sociological Study of the AfroBrazilian Religions
Geography and the AfroBrazilian Religions
How the African Religious Sects Function
Problems of the Collective Memory
Problems of Religious Syncretism
Two Types of Disintegration
The Birth of a Religion
Assimilation or Reinterpretation?
Black Islam in Brazil
Religions Ethnic Groups and Social Classes