Holy Harlots: Femininity, Sexuality, and Black Magic in Brazil

Holy Harlots: Femininity, Sexuality, and Black Magic in Brazil

Kelly E. Hayes

Holy Harlots examines the intersections of social marginality, morality, and magic in modern Brazil by means of examining the ideals and non secular practices with regards to the Afro-Brazilian spirit entity Pomba Gira. acknowledged to be the disembodied spirit of an unruly harlot, Pomba Gira is a arguable determine in Brazil. Devotees continue that Pomba Gira possesses an intimate wisdom of human affairs and the magical strength to intrude within the human international. Others view this entity extra ambivalently. Kelly E. Hayes presents an intimate and interesting account of the complex dating among Pomba Gira and considered one of her devotees, Nazaré da Silva. Combining Nazaré’s non secular biography with research of the gender politics and violence that shapes existence at the outer edge of Rio de Janeiro, Hayes highlights Pomba Gira’s position within the rivalries, relationships, and struggles of lifestyle in city Brazil.

A DVD of the movie Slaves of the Saints is included.

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