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Holy Harlots: Femininity, Sexuality, and Black Magic in Brazil (review)

Holy Harlots: Femininity, Sexuality, and Black Magic in Brazil (review) not only help us understand the meaning and role of magic in other peoples' lives, but also in our own. edward bever State University of New York College at Old Westbury kelly e. hayes. Holy Harlots: Femininity, Sexuality, and Black Magic in Brazil. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2011. Pp. 293. Kelly E. Hayes' Holy Harlots is a study of the role of a Pomba Gira, a bawdy female spirit central to Brazilian Umbanda ritual practice, in the life of a female worshiper living in a notoriously dangerous favela on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. Hayes grounds her study in an intimate portrait of Mae Nazare, the ´ ~ priestess who regularly incorporates a particular manifestation of the spirit known as Maria Molambo. An hour-long DVD called Slaves of the Saints, also directed by Hayes, accompanies the book, and both Mae Nazare and ´ ~ Maria Molambo feature prominently in the film. The book is a careful, attentive parsing out of the origins of this spiritual figure and her significance in the personal narratives of Mae Nazare. But Hayes takes pains to insist that ´ ~ her focus goes beyond ``ethnographic biography'' in the limited sense of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft University of Pennsylvania Press

Holy Harlots: Femininity, Sexuality, and Black Magic in Brazil (review)

Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft , Volume 7 (2) – Nov 10, 2012

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not only help us understand the meaning and role of magic in other peoples' lives, but also in our own. edward bever State University of New York College at Old Westbury kelly e. hayes. Holy Harlots: Femininity, Sexuality, and Black Magic in Brazil. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2011. Pp. 293. Kelly E. Hayes' Holy Harlots is a study of the role of a Pomba Gira, a bawdy female spirit central to Brazilian Umbanda ritual practice, in the life of a female worshiper living in a notoriously dangerous favela on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. Hayes grounds her study in an intimate portrait of Mae Nazare, the ´ ~ priestess who regularly incorporates a particular manifestation of the spirit known as Maria Molambo. An hour-long DVD called Slaves of the Saints, also directed by Hayes, accompanies the book, and both Mae Nazare and ´ ~ Maria Molambo feature prominently in the film. The book is a careful, attentive parsing out of the origins of this spiritual figure and her significance in the personal narratives of Mae Nazare. But Hayes takes pains to insist that ´ ~ her focus goes beyond ``ethnographic biography'' in the limited sense of

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