Recreating Africa: Culture, Kinship, and Religion in the African-Portuguese World, 1441-1770 / Edition 1

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Overview

Sweet chronicles the lives of African slaves taken by Portuguese traders from Central Africa to Portugal and especially Brazil, one of the main regions of the African diaspora. He finds that slaves transferred their African cultural practices to the New World and that Central African cultural forms penetrated deeply into Brazilian society and the New World.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A fascinating collection of evidence."
The Americas

"A fascinating book . . . of considerable importance. It not only contributes to a continuing debate about the nature of slavery, but is a powerful example of Atlantic history as it shows that the societies on both sides of the South Atlantic lived in a kind of spiritual intimacy that was not severed by the infamous middle passage."
History

This book will be a landmark in bringing Africa into the mix in Brazilian history. (John Thornton, author of Africa and Africans in the Making of the Atlantic World, 1400-1800)

Sweet has mined an incredibly rich source of information in the Inquisition archives and produced an engaging study of the inner lives of Africans suffering under slavery in Brazil. His book will be a landmark in bringing Africa into the mix in Brazilian history.(John Thornton, Millersville University, author of Africa and Africans in the Making of the Atlantic World, 1400-1800.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807854822
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 9/29/2003
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 668,703
  • Product dimensions: 5.32 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

James H. Sweet is assistant professor of history at the University of Wisconsin.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Living and Dying in the African-Portuguese Diaspora
1 Demography, Distribution, and Diasporic Steams 13
2 Kinship, Family, and Household Formation 31
3 Disease, Mortality, and Master Power 59
Pt. 2 African Religious Responses
4 Catholic vs. "Other" in the World of Believers 87
5 Theory and Praxis in the Study of African Religions 103
6 African Divination in the Diaspora 119
7 Calundus, Curing, and Medicine in the Colonial World 139
8 Witchcraft, Ritual, and Resistance in the African-Portuguese Diaspora 161
Pt. 3 Africans and the Catholic Church
9 African Catholicism in the Portuguese World 191
10 The Impacts of African Religious Beliefs on Brazilian Catholicism 217
Conclusion 227
Notes 231
Bibliography 265
Index 287
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  • Posted January 23, 2010

    Good

    A ver good and helpful book to understand the African present situation.

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