Title: For a Greater Enchantment: Memories, Imagery and Rituals of the Xucuru-Kariri of Palmeira dos Índios, Brazil
Autor(s): Paula Guerra; Danielle Lisboa
Field Researcher: José Adelson Lopes Peixoto
Year of publication: 2017
Type of Publication: e-Book
Place of publication: Porto
Publisher: Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto
e-book ISBN: 978-989-99966-8-7
URL: http://ler.letras.up.pt/uploads/ficheiros/15741.pdf
Abstract: This publication presents a historical, sociological and musicological study of the sacred ritual of Toré, a form of spiritual practice carried out by indigenous groups of Brazil and depicted here in an exploratory case study of a tribe of Xucuru-Kariri ethnicity settled in the reserve of Mata da Cafurna, Palmeira dos Índios in the State of Alagoas. The primary goal of this study is to advance the understanding of world cultures by exposing a small fraction of the centuries-old wisdom of native peoples of South America through one of its most popular forms of religious manifestations. It involved a multidisciplinary research team from Canada, Portugal, and Brazil in the fields of sociology, cultural studies, public health, and music to offer a wide-range perspective on the many facets of the ritual. The research team studied extensive audio and videographical material collected at the small village of Mata da Cafurna, AL from May to October 2017.

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