Mollusks of Candomblé: symbolic and ritualistic importance

@inproceedings{Neto2012MollusksOC,
  title={Mollusks of Candombl{\'e}: symbolic and ritualistic importance},
  author={Nivaldo A. L{\'e}o Neto and Robert Allen Voeks and Thelma l{\'U}cia Pereira Dias and R{\^o}mulo Romeu N{\'o}brega Alves},
  booktitle={Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine},
  year={2012}
}
Human societies utilize mollusks for myriad material and spiritual ends. An example of their use in a religious context is found in Brazil's African-derived belief systems. Candomblé, an Afro-Brazilian religion introduced during the 18th-19th centuries by enslaved Yoruba, includes various magical and liturgical uses of mollusks. This work inventoried the species utilized by adherents and to analyzed their symbolic and magical context. Data were obtained from Candomblé temples in two cities in… CONTINUE READING
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