The taste of blood : spirit possession in Brazilian Candomblé / Jim Wafer.

Author
Wafer, James William, 1948- [Browse]
Format
Book
Language
English
Published/​Created
Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, ©1991.
Description
xiii, 219 pages ; 23 cm

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Subject(s)
Series
Contemporary ethnography series [More in this series]
Summary note
Enter the fascinating world of the Condomble regions of Brazil, where interaction between spirits and human is considered an everyday occurrence. Jim Wafer uncovers the social life, rituals, folklore, and engaging personalities of the villagers of Jacari, among whom trances, sorcery, and spirit possession demonstrate the coexistence of different kinds of reality. This ethnography is intriguing not only because of the originality of its approach to the more enigmatic aspects of another culture but also because it uses insights gained from participation in that culture to reflect on the paradoxes inherent in the writer's own culture, and in the human condition in general. -- Publisher description.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references (p. [205]-212) and index.
Contents
  • Participants
  • Pre-text
  • Part I: Exu. The lips of Pomba-Gira ; Padilha's vow ; Corquisa
  • Part II: Caboclo. Order and progress ; Of keys ; Villages
  • Part III. Orixá. Child spirits ; The throne ; Tempo
  • Epilogue: Egum
  • Postface
  • Glossary.
ISBN
  • 0812230612 ((alk. paper))
  • 9780812230611 ((alk. paper))
  • 0812213416 ((pbk. ; : alk. paper))
  • 9780812213416 ((pbk. ; : alk. paper))
LCCN
90028641
OCLC
22956368
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