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The Taste of Blood: Spirit Possession in Brazilian Candomble (Contemporary… (edition 1991)

by James William Wafer

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Title:The Taste of Blood: Spirit Possession in Brazilian Candomble (Contemporary Ethnography Series)
Authors:James William Wafer
Info:Univ of Pennsylvania Pr (1991), Hardcover, 256 pages
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Tags:Cultural Specific or Specific Pathways: Candomblé

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Enter the fascinating world of the Condomble regions of Brazil, where interaction between spirits and human is considered an everyday occurrence. Jim Wafer uncovers the social life, rituals, folklore, and engaging personalities of the villagers of Jacari, among whom trances, sorcery, and spirit possession demonstrate the coexistence of different kinds of reality.

This ethnography is intriguing not only because of the originality of its approach to the more enigmatic aspects of another culture but also because it uses insights gained from participation in that culture to reflect on the paradoxes inherent in the writer's own culture, and in the human condition in general.
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