Ecstatic encounters bahian candomble and the quest for the unknow

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Ecstatic Encounters takes its readers to the threshold of Candombl temples in Bahia, Brazil, where - for many generations -- members of this spirit-possession cult and curious outsiders have been mee...
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Ecstatic Encounters takes its readers to the threshold of Candombl temples in Bahia, Brazil, where - for many generations -- members of this spirit-possession cult and curious outsiders have been meeting to marvel at each other's otherness. Having allowed himself to be baffled by Candombl 's mysteries and miracle productions, the author explores the notion of 'the-rest-of-what-is': the excess that is the inevitable by-product of all reality definitions; the non-sensical that is the surplus of all culturally informed sense-making. Ethnographical insights in Afro-Brazilian mysticism are thus made to speak to anthropological forms of world-making, in a study that rejects the totalizing pretensions of all reality definitions, emphatically including those of academia. The theoretical importance of this book lies in its critical assessment of the constructivist paradigm that long dominates cultural and social anthropology.
Uitgever Amsterdam University Press
Druk 1
ISBN/EAN 9789089642981
Auteur Port, m. van de
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