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Afro American Religious and New Age Practices

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Afro-American religions in Latin America resulted from complex syntheses between the religious traditions of the different African ethnic groups that were joined by slavery in the Americas, local indigenous traditions, and Catholicism (the religion of the colonizers). They comprise a wide variety of practices and groups, from the domestic-based but highly structured Caribbean Santería and Brazilian Candomblé to the María Lionza groups of Venezuela and the tendas of Umbanda in various Southern Cone metropolitan areas. The ways in which these religions have interacted with the New Age movement – whose success among Latin America’s urban middle classes has been widely documented – are an important question of research.


Despite the highly syncretic character of the New Age movement and the significant presence of religions of African background in Latin America, the literature on New Age makes little reference to the influence of Afro-American religiosity on its...


  • Afro-American religions
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  • Syncretism
  • Individual trajectories

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Rabelo, M., Duccini, L. (2015). Afro American Religious and New Age Practices. In: Gooren, H. (eds) Encyclopedia of Latin American Religions. Springer, Cham.

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