A Lens to Candomblé: Afro-Brazilian culture through the work of Pierre Verger

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A Lens to Candomblé: Afro-Brazilian culture through the work of Pierre Verger

Type: Research master thesis
Title: A Lens to Candomblé: Afro-Brazilian culture through the work of Pierre Verger
Author: Magalhães de Oliveira, JuliaMagalhaes de Oliveira, J.Magalhaes de Oliveira, J.
Issue Date: 2015-06-30
Keywords: candomblé
Afro-Brazilian culture
orisha
ethnicity
interculturality
Abstract: This thesis concerns the Afro-Brazilian cult of Candomblé, focusing on the work of Pierre Verger. The research presents Candomblé as a cultural-religious practice, which is the result of a cross-cultural exchange, referring to the photography and discourse of Pierre Verger and other authors, such as Reginaldo Prandi, Roger Bastide and Babatunde Lawal. This work introduces Pierre Verger’s intimate relationship with Candomblé and the north-eastern Brazilian state of Bahia. The thesis reviews the history and constitution of Candomblé in the slave trade context of colonialism, its Yoruba roots, mythology, public ritual and initiation rite. Finally, the thesis attempts to frame Candomblé in an art historical perspective through the Yoruba metaphor of artistic creativity and the concept of orí.
Supervisor: Zijlmans, C.J.M.
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: Arts and Culture (Research master)
Specialisation: Arts and Culture
ECTS Credits: 25
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/33946
 

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