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Title:Singing With the Spirits: Musical Life in Sao Luis, Northeast Brazil
Author(s):Sandler, Patricia Joan
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Nettl, Bruno
Department / Program:Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Religion, General
Abstract:This dissertation describes and compares three musical-religious traditions practiced by descendents of African slaves in Sao Luis, an urban, socially stratified, and economically marginalized city in northeast Brazil. The first, Tambor de Mina, is part of a complex of African-based spirit-possession religions characterized by a unique organizational structure, ritual calendar, set of musical practices, and cosmological beliefs. The second, Cura , takes place within sacred enclosures of Tambor de Mina centers and is strongly influenced by Amazonian healing rituals (pajelanca) in which spirit-possession and participatory music-making figure prominently. The third, Tambor de Crioula, is a popular, street-based tradition, increasingly linked to tourism, and danced in honor of the black Catholic saint, Benedict the Moor. These traditions have many musical elements in common; others are particular to each. Music is a vital part of each tradition's identity and is the primary medium through which ritual action unfolds. It mediates spirit possession and human interactions and, in so doing, helps to affirm and create meaning while preserving or forging new social roles and relationships in contexts of historical continuity and change.
Issue Date:2002
Description:391 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2002.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3070425
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:2002

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