The Hidden Life of Stones Historicity, Materiality and the Value of Candomblé Objects in Bahia
Sansi-Roca, Roger. 2005. The Hidden Life of Stones Historicity, Materiality and the Value of Candomblé Objects in Bahia. Journal of Material Culture, 10(2), pp. 139-156. ISSN 1359-1835 [Article]No full text available
Abstract or Description
In the last century, the objects of Candomblé, a religion of African origin in Bahia, suffered radical transformations in their public value. After discussing in general terms the life of ‘saint’ stones (otã) in Candomblé, this article then focuses on the traces of the life history of one of these otã. This stone was seized in a police raid in a Candomblé house, and then displayed in a museum, until a legal action recently undertaken by political activists obliged the museum to withdraw the stone from exhibition. In the conclusion, I propose to recognize notions of historicity and materiality as keys to understanding the life and ‘agency’ of this and other objects.