title supplied by HSFA staff (unpublished work) - archival collection
Supplementary materials: 4
Full video record of Afro-Brazilian traditions from Maranhao, Brazil. Documentation includes: chanting, drumming, and trance-possession dancing in the Tambor de Mina tradition in Sao Luis, the capital city of the northern Brazilian state of Maranhao. The rituals of this tradition exhibit some similarities with other more well-known Afro-Brazilian religions such as Candomblé and Umbanda. 'Mina' traditions derive their distinctiveness from prominent Dahomean (Vodun) as well as Amerindian and European influences. Featured is extensive footage of the oldest and most traditionally African "houses" in Sao Luis (for example, the Dahomean or 'Gege' Casa das Minas, the Casa de Nagô, and Casa da Turquia), as well as the numerous Tambor de Mina (both 'Mata' and Spiritist influenced) <terreiros> (ritual centers) in the city. The collection aptly documents the vibrant diversity of form and practice which exists among different terreiros including some in the interior of Sao Luis Island and in the interior Maranhao town of Codó. Documentation also includes footage of popular folk dances and celebrations such as the Bumba-Meu Boi tradition, Carnaval, 'Bloco-Afro' groups, and an imported version of Candomblé.
Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, MD
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