Visualizing the sacred: Video technology, "televisual" style, and the religious imagination in Bahian candombl

@article{Port2006VisualizingTS,
  title={Visualizing the sacred: Video technology, "televisual" style, and the religious imagination in Bahian candombl},
  author={M.P.J. van de Port},
  journal={International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics},
  year={2006}
}
  • M.P.J. van de Port
  • Published 1 August 2006
  • Art
  • International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics
Candombl´e is an Afro-Brazilian spirit-possession cult, whose splendid performance of "African tradition" and "secrecy" has long prohibited the reproduction of religious activity by modern media technology. Authoritative voices within candombl´e have explicitly stated that modern media technology is incongruous with authentic traditional religion, claiming that the body in ritual action is (and should remain) the only medium through which an understanding of the sacred can be reached… 

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