Bahia: Africa in the Americas

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Asa G. Hilliard, III Papers

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This video recording, dated February 12, 1988, consists of a documentary film titled “Bahia: Africa in the Americas.” The film focuses on the Brazilian state of Bahia, calling it the “capitol of Africa in the Americas.” The film primarily discusses the religion of Candomblé, an African religion originally brought to Brazil by Yoruba people, who had been enslaved in the nineteenth century. The film documents the persistence of preservation of African traditions within Bahian society. Much of the film explores the divinities of Candomblé, known as orishas, and how the adherents of the religion communicate with them. Dance, music, and food traditions are especially central to the religious life in Bahia. Commentators on the film include anthropologists Sheila Walker and Vivaldo Da Costa Lima, Candomblé expert Pierre Fatumbi Verger, and artist Héctor Julio Páride Bernabó, also known as Carybé.

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