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

March 2008
Latin American Music Review;Spring/Summer2008, Vol. 29 Issue 1, p64
Academic Journal
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.


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