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The Mind PossessedThe Cognition of Spirit Possession in an Afro-Brazilian Religious Tradition$
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Emma E. A. Cohen

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195323351

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195323351.001.0001

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In this chapter the focus narrows to the stories, beliefs, relationships, and motivations of those who formed the core membership of the terreiro. It describes Afro‐Brazilian religion as it was revealed through interviews, informal stories, personal histories, and daily activities by frequenters, lodgers, and leaders of the terreiro. Together, chapters 2 and 3 provide the essential backdrop for further specific items of description and theoretical considerations in the remainder of the book.

Keywords:   Afro‐Brazilian religion, beliefs, motivations, interviews, personal histories, membership

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