TITLE

Cultural Geographies of Afro-Brazilian Symbolic Practice: Tradition and Change in Maracatu de Nação (Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil)

AUTHOR(S)
METZ, JERRY D.
PUB. DATE
March 2008
SOURCE
Latin American Music Review;Spring/Summer2008, Vol. 29 Issue 1, p64
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article examines two objects in maracatu de nação groups, a large single iron bell called gonguê and a small, ornately dressed wooden doll called calunga, that seem able to offer a renewed sense of African-ness to modern participants. A discussion of competing symbols and values arriving in the politicized Bahian model of a re-Africanized identity is presented. It also explains how such traditional groups of percussionists and dancers are positioned with respect to Afro-Brazilian versus Pernambucan identity.
ACCESSION #
34497411

 

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