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Polis (Santiago)

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OLIVEIRA SANTOS, Maria Consuelo. Speaking about resistance and the practice of nonviolence in the community experience in candomblés. Polis [online]. 2016, vol.15, n.43, pp.411-431. ISSN 0718-6568.

Terreiro de Candomblé is an Afro Brazilian space of resistance, as a mode of cultural persistence in defense of an integrative knowledge, complex and involved in a exuberant symbolism. In its scope of action, the cultural elements from Africans are daily resignified by a dual worldview without any disjunction. It is a community that establishes the notion of a symbolic family, valuing solidarity and union. The playful dimension is part of the performances of the rituals who integrate the notion of  religious celebration. The body has a leading role involving intimate relationships with the orixá, and raises identity constructions in the dynamics of a sacralized hierarchy. This religion has not yet received proper attention of Brazilian society, by not considering that the Candomblé has built a knowledge that goes beyond matters of faith. Studying its epistemology can enable the understanding and recognition of aspects of national identity, in the exercise of nonviolence, which are still denied.

Palabras clave : candomblé; duality without dichotomy; corporality; sacred power; cultural persistence/resistance.

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