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Encountering Images in Candomble

Sansi-Roca, Roger. 2013. Encountering Images in Candomble. Visual Anthropology, 26, pp. 18-33. ISSN 0894-9468 [Article]

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‘‘Images’’ are a problem in the Afro-Brazilian religion Candomble´ in two senses.
First, the presence of Catholic images in shrines has been questioned by the
‘‘re-africanization’’ movement in the last decades, as a form of syncretism. Second,
it is often said that taking pictures or videos of rituals is not allowed. However, in
my ethnographic experience, religious images, pictures and videos are all used in
many Candomble´ houses. How can we understand this contradiction? What then
is the problem with images in Candomble´ after all?

Item Type: Article
Identification Number (DOI): 10.1080/08949468.2013.735175
Departments, Centres and Research Units: Anthropology
Research Office > REF2014
Item ID: 9152
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2013 09:19
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2015 23:26
URI: http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/9152
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