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Author King, Lindsey, 1953-

Title Spiritual currency in northeast Brazil / Lindsey King
Published Albuquerque [New Mexico] : University of New Mexico Press, 2014


Description 1 online resource
Contents Front Cover; Title Page; Copyright; Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1: Northeast Brazil: The Largest Area of Poverty in South America; 2: Into the Field; 3: The Social Functions of Ex-Votos; 4: Ex-Votos: Aesthetics and Forms; 5: Pilgrims and Politics; 6: Conclusions; Appendix; Notes; Bibliography; Index; Back Cover
Summary "This book examines the spiritual community of the followers of St. Francis of Wounds in the town of Canindé in northeast Brazil. Their tradition involves pilgrimage and the practice of crafting unique offerings in payment for healing and reversal of bad fortune--a practice predating Christianity and brought to the new world by explorers and early European colonial powers. King argues that these marginalized Brazilians, living in a region where poverty is endemic, use St. Francis of Wounds to replace the medical and social services that the government has failed to provide. She further illustrates the evolution of the regional practice with photographs documenting all stages of this tradition, especially the folk art ex-votos used to pay for the saint's intervention"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes English
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Subject Francis, of Assisi, Saint, 1182-1226 -- Cult -- Brazil -- Canindé (Ceará)
Francis, of Assisi, Saint, 1182-1226
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Anthropology -- General.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Regional Studies.
HISTORY -- Latin America -- South America.
RELIGION -- Christianity -- Catholic.
Canindé (Ceará, Brazil) -- Religious life and customs
Brazil -- Canindé (Ceará)
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780826355324