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Spirit Song: Afro-Brazilian Religious Music and Boundaries

Marc Gidal


This book explains how a multi-faith community in Brazil uses music both to combine and segregate three Afro-Brazilian religions: Batuque, Umbanda, and Quimbanda. It is the first book-length study in English about music in Afro-Brazilian religions, which have synthesized African religions, folk Catholicism, Amerindian traditions, and in some cases European Spiritism. Through devotion, offerings, and musically lively spirit-mediumship ceremonies, believers seek healing, supernatural consultations, and community. The book focuses on Porto Alegre, the capital of the southern ranching and agricult ... More

Keywords: Brazil, music, Afro-Brazilian religion, Batuque, Umbanda, spirit possession, spirit mediumship, ethnomusicology, boundary-work, ethnicity, gaucho

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199368211
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199368211.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marc Gidal, author
Associate Professor of Music/Musicology, Ramapo