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  • Moreover, the umbanda must not be confused with the candomblé. The latter is completely indigenous — Afro-Brazilian, as they say — whereas the former is a much later development born of a fusion of native rites and esoteric European culture . . .

    --Umberto Eco, 1988, Foucault's Pendulum, p. 176

    October 1, 2008

  • "Yet uprooted Africans, who were intended to occupy much the same spiritual—and often physical—space as domestic animals, cobbled together bits of Christianity and remembered fragments of their original religions to create entirely new ones: Candomblé in Brazil; Vodou, Santeria, Obeah, and Shango in the Caribbean."

    —Barbara Ehrenreich, Dancing in the Streets: A History of Collective Joy (New York: Metropolitan Books, 2006), 169

    March 16, 2009