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Migrating Bodies, Circulating Signs: Brazilian Candomblé, the Garifuna of the Caribbean, and the Category of 'Indigenous Religions'

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Johnson, Paul C. 2002. "Migrating Bodies, Circulating Signs: Brazilian Candomblé, the Garifuna of the Caribbean, and the Category of 'Indigenous Religions'." History of Religions, 41(4): 301-327.

The problematic polarization of the global and the indigenous and two examples of indigenous religions in the process of territorial and social extensions--Brazilian Candomble and the ancestor religion of the Garifuna of Central America--are examined. Discourses and practices asserting traditional continuity and territorial primordia appear in many cases to be in ascendancy rather than in decline.

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