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Vibrant: Virtual Brazilian Anthropology

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RAFAEL, Ulisses N.  e  MAGGIE, Yvonne. Sorcery objects under institutional tutelage: magic and power in ethnographic collections. Vibrant, Virtual Braz. Anthr. [online]. 2013, vol.10, n.1, pp.276-342. ISSN 1809-4341.

This essay returns to a discussion of two collections of objects taken from two terreiros (places of worship) for Afro-Brazilian cults, namely the Magia Negra (Black Magic) collection at the Museu da Polícia do Rio de Janeiro (Rio de Janeiro Police Museum) and the Perseverança collection at the Instituto Histórico e Geográfico de Alagoas - IHGAL (Alagoas Historical and Geographical Institute), in Maceió. In both cases we looked at how members of Brazil's elite are involved in sorcery and how members of this elite circulate in candomblé, xangô, umbanda and other terreiros. In this essay, in particular, we examine the subject of the collections in the context of recent changes arising from heritage-listing policies in Brazil that have decisively affected relations between these objects and institutions charged with protecting and preserving cultural heritage.

Palavras-chave : Afro-Brazilian cults; collections; heritage; sorcery; State; elites.

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