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Fetishes and Monuments: Afro-Brazilian Art and Culture in the 20<SUP>th</SUP> Century / Edition 1

Fetishes and Monuments: Afro-Brazilian Art and Culture in the 20th Century / Edition 1

by Roger Sansi


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One hundred years ago in Brazil the rituals of Candomblé were feared as sorcery and persecuted as crime. Its cult objects were fearsome fetishes. Nowadays, they are Afro-Brazilian cultural works of art, objects of museum display and public monuments. Focusing on the particular histories of objects, images, spaces and persons who embodied it, this book portrays the historical journey from weapons of sorcery looted by the police, to hidden living stones, to public works of art attacked by religious fanatics that see them as images of the Devil, former sorcerers who have become artists, writers, and philosophers. Addressing this history as a journey of objectification and appropriation, the author offers a fresh, unconventional, and illuminating look at questions of syncretism, hybridity and cultural resistance in Brazil and in the Black Atlantic in general.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781845453633
Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/01/2007
Series: Remapping Cultural History , #6
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Roger Sansi is a Lecturer in Anthropology at Goldsmith’s College, London .He has conducted research on Afro-Brazilian art and culture in Brazil. Recently he has worked on the history of the term “fetish” in the Lusophone Black Atlantic.

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Introduction: Culture and Objectification in the Black Rome

Chapter 1. ‘Making the Saint’: Spirits, Shrines and Syncretism in Candomblé

Chapter 2. From Sorcery to Civilisation: The Objectification of Afro-Brazilian Culture

Chapter 3. From Informants to Scholars: Appropriating Afro-Brazilian Culture

Chapter 4. From Weapons of Crime to Jewels of the Crown: Candomblé in Museums

Chapter 5. From the Shanties to the Mansions: Candomblé as National Heritage

Chapter 6. Modern Art and Afro-Brazilian Culture in Bahia

Chapter 7. Authenticity and Commodification in Afro-Brazilian Art

Chapter 8. Candomblé as Public Art: The Orixás of Tororó

Chapter 9. Re-appropriations of Afro-Brazilian Culture



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