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Tempo Social

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CASTALDI, Carlo. The demon's apparition in Catulé. Tempo soc. [online]. 2008, vol.20, n.1, pp.305-357. ISSN 0103-2070.

Carlos Castaldi provides a 'dense description' of the tragedy that took place in the municipality of Malacacheta, in Minas Gerais, on the São João da Mata Farm in 1955. In April of that year, four children were murdered by a group of sharecroppers converted to the Adventist Church of the Promise, believing that the children had become possessed by the devil. After the incident, a joint initiative of the magazine Anhembi, the National Institute of Pedagogical Studies and the Department of Sociology of the São Paulo University Faculty of Philosophy led to the visit of a team formed by sociologist Carlos Castaldi, anthropologist Eunice Ribeiro (later Durham) and psychologist Carolina Martuscelli, who stayed at the locale from July 11th to August 8th with the aim of discovering the reasons behind the event. The text relates the incident to the social changes that had led to the destructuring of the group, dialoguing closely with the doctoral thesis The sharecroppers of the Bonito River, completed by Antonio Candido in 1954.

Keywords : Rural districts; Compaternity; Anomy; Religious conversion.

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