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Secrets, Gossip, and Gods: The Transformation of Brazilian Candomblé

Paul Christopher Johnson


This book is about secrecy in religion and the process by which traditionally secretive religions become public, taking as its case the Afro‐Brazilian religion of Candomblé. The book argues that Candomblé's entrance to the national public sphere of Brazil entails a two‐part process: (1) Practitioners become active participants in the dissemination of knowledge about the religion, including protected knowledge or secrets, and thus choose to enter the public sphere; and (2) the metropole turns toward indigenous religions like Candomblé as a source of exotic fascination and a set of religious pra ... More

Keywords: African, Brazil, Candomblé, ethnography, religion, ritual, secrecy, slave

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Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780195150582
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195150589.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Christopher Johnson, author
University of Missouri-Columbia
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