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PRANDI, Reginaldo. O Brasil com axé: candomblé e umbanda no mercado religioso. Estud. av. [online]. 2004, vol.18, n.52, pp.223-238. ISSN 1806-9592. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0103-40142004000300015.
MUCH HAS changed in Brazil since the studies of Roger Bastide in the 1940s, including the religious milieu of the Afro-Brazilian religions. Old trends were confirmed, new directions imposed themselves. Newfangled religions confront the more established ones; old religions take on new forms and convey renewed contents to face increasingly strenuous competition in the religious marketplace. I will deal here with a demographically small religious faction that is nevertheless important in Brazilian culture because of the visibility of its followers: the Afro-Brazilian religions. I will examine the various census figures in an attempt to assess the breadth of Afro-Brazilian religions and will examine some traits of their followers - such as race and educational level. Then, without losing sight of the constitutional and organizational peculiarities of the cults and the terreiros [ritual grounds of the Candomble religion], I will attempt an explanation for the changes these religions are presently undergoing.