"O old black one, you never deceive me": An Aspect of Afro-Brazilian Religion

Peter Theodore Nash

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 1/1/1998

Issue: Spirituality and Popular Culture (Vol. 18, No 1, Winter, 1998)

In the annual commemoration of the end of slavery in Brazil, the Afro-Brazilian religion of Umbanda celebrates the return of "the old blacks," the ancestors who offer counsel and guidance. The syncretistic participation of Christians in this festival raises important questions about cultural and religious particularity and relativism.

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