African-Brazilian Culture

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African-Brazilian religions are represented, among other experiences, chiefly by Candomblé and Umbanda. They are characterized by spirit possession - the Orishas, or ancestors - who take possession of the body of a person, the medium, and meet the demands of subjects who seek their guidance. They are derived from the knowledge of African religious beliefs that came to Brazil with the black diaspora, and that brought a great amount of knowledge about how to treat disease and preserve health. This knowledge associate a comprehensive response to a series of somatic, psychological, social, spiritual and existential dissatisfactions, offering people explanations about the disease events generating pain and suffering. In this context, the aim of

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