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Spirit possession in a new religious context:the Umbandization of Santo Daime

Dawson, Andrew (2012) Spirit possession in a new religious context:the Umbandization of Santo Daime. Nova Religio, 15 (4). pp. 60-84. ISSN 1092-6690

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Abstract

With specific reference to the spread of non-traditional forms of spirit possession, this article explores the growing influence of the Afro-Brazilian religion of Umbanda upon the Brazilian new religion of Santo Daime. The following material opens by introducing Santo Daime and plotting the historical trajectory of spirit possession from the movement's beginnings in 1930s' Brazil, to its spread to various parts of the industrialized world. Subsequent to detailing the contemporary spirit possession repertoire of Santo Daime, the article offers a typology of the most prominent kinds of spirit possession practiced by Santo Daime. The article closes by relating the increasing popularity of Umbanda-inspired possession motifs to the growing influence of a white, urban-professional constituency imbued with typically late-modern concerns.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Nova Religio
Uncontrolled Keywords: santo daime ; spirit possession ; umbanda ; urban-middleclass
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)
ID Code: 58482
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 18 Sep 2012 12:20
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2014 09:44
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/58482

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