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Vibrant: Virtual Brazilian Anthropology

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VELHO, Gilberto. Anthropology and cultural heritage. Vibrant, Virtual Braz. Anthr. [online]. 2013, vol.10, n.1, pp.145-150. ISSN 1809-4341.

The author argues that anthropology can help define a much broader, richer and culturally more diverse concept of heritage. He advocates for a more democratic and pluralist State policy that takes into account the diversity and complexity of Brazilian society, valuing traditions, symbolic systems and cultural manifestations from all sectors. The preservation of the Terreiro de Candomblé Casa Branca, in Salvador, Bahia, is presented as an example of recognizing the legitimacy of a tradition that was until recently subject to discrimination and persecutions. The author argues that this broadening of the concept of cultural heritage is crucial to the constitution of a Brazilian society that values democracy, human rights, citizenship and its own memory as a nation.

Palavras-chave : cultural heritage; anthropology; preservation; policy; diversity.

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