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Author Port, Mattijs van de, 1961-
Title Ecstatic encounters : Bahian Candomblé and the quest for the unknown / Mattijs van de Port.
Imprint Amsterdam : Amsterdam University Press, ©2011.

Author Port, Mattijs van de, 1961-
Subject Candomblé (Religion) -- Brazil -- Bahia (State)
Bahia (Brazil : State) -- Religion.
Blacks -- Brazil -- Bahia (State) -- History.
Description 1 online resource (252 pages)
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary "For over a hundred years, writers, artists, anthropologists and tourists have travelled to Bahia, Brazil, in search of the spirit possession cult called Candomblé. Thus, successive generations of cultists have seen a long, steady stream of curious outsiders coming to their temples with notebooks and cameras, questions and inquisitive gazes, or ogling eyes and the hope of inclusion. This study asks what seduced these outsiders to seek access to the Afro-Brazilian religious universe and, conversely, how did cultists respond to the overwhelming interest in their creed and to becoming an object of the outsiders' imaginations."--Amazon.
Al ruim honderd jaar bezoeken reizigers de bezetenheidscultus Candomblé in Bahia, Brazilië. Mattijs van de Port verkent de lange geschiedenis van deze ontmoetingen met de Afro-Braziliaanze wereld. Wat dachten deze bezoekers van de dansen, de bloedige initiatieriten, de mysterieuze geestesverschijning? Hoe verbonden zijn hun observaties met hun eigen leven? Van de Port laat ook zien hoe de gelovigen reageerden op deze overweldigende belangstelling. Cultleden en buitenstaanders grijpen de confrontatie met het mysterieuze aan om de beperkingen van hun eigen wereldbeelden te onderkennen.
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Contents Introduction : Avenida Oceânica : Candomblé, mystery and the-rest-of-what-is in process of world-making -- On immersion : academics and the seductions of a baroque society -- Mysteries are invisible : understanding images in the Bahia of Dr Raimundo Nina Rodrigues -- Re-encoding the primative : surrealist appreciations of Candomlé in a violence-ridden world -- Abstracting Candomblé : defining the 'public' and the 'particular' dimensions of a spirit possession cult -- Allegorical worlds : baroque aesthetics and the notion of an 'absent truth' -- Bafflement politics : possessions, apparitions and the really real of Candomblé's miracle productions -- The permeable boundary : media imaginaries in Candomblé's public performance of authenticity -- Conclusions : cracks in the wall : invocations of the rest-of-what-is the anthropological study of world-making.
ISBN 9789048513963 (electronic bk.)
9048513960 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 751970328
Additional Format Print version: Port. Ecstatic encounters. Bahian Candomble and the quest for the unknown. Amsterdam : Amsterdam University Press 2011 9789089642981 (OCoLC)706650006

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