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The Devil and the Land of the Holy Cross free pdf Originally published in Brazil as "O Diabo e a Terra de Santa Cruz", this translation from the Portuguese analyzes the nature of popular religion and the ways it was transferred to the New World in the 16th and 17th centuries. Using richly detailed transcripts from Inquisition trials, Mello e Souza reconstructs how Iberian, indigenous, and African beliefs fused to create a syncretic and magical religious culture in Brazil. Focusing on sorcery, the author argues that European traditions of witchcraft combined with practices of Indians and African slaves to form a uniquely Brazilian set of beliefs that became central to the lives of the people in the colony. Her work shows how the Inquisition reinforced the view held in Europe (particularly Portugal) that the colony was a purgatory where those who had sinned were exiled, a place where the Devil had a wide range of opportunities. Her focus on the three centuries of the colonial period, the multiple regions in Brazil, and the Indian, African, and Portuguese traditions of magic, witchcraft, and healing, make the book comprehensive in scope.

About Laura de Mello e Souza

Laura de Mello e Souza is Professor of History at the Universidade de Sao Paulo. Diane Grosklaus Whitty is a freelance translator specializing in Brazilian works.

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Author : Laura de Mello e Souza
Publisher : University of Texas Press
Data Published : 01 February 2004
ISBN : 0292702361
EAN : 9780292702363
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 374 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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