Fri, November 2nd, 01:15 PM
02:00 PM

The African Religions of Brazil

Room 713A
Description: 
This presentation will survey the African religions of Brazil that originated during the times of colonial slavery. The original syncretic religion was Candomble, followed sometime later by Umbanda and smaller groups. African impact can also be detected in Spiritism, inspired by spiritual writings from a French philosopher. In more recent years, African influence is also an important element in religions using the herbal brew, Ayahuasca, as a sacrament, namely Santo Daime, Uniao de Vegetal, and Barquina. Common beliefs of these religions include a pantheon of deities, reincarnation, incorporation of "spirits", and an emphasis on charitable works.