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Author Ireland, Rowan, author

Title Kingdoms come : religion and politics in Brazil / Rowan Ireland
Published Pittsburgh, Pa. : University of Pittsburgh Press, [1991]


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Description xi, 262 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Series Pitt Latin American series
Pitt Latin American series.
Contents 1. Starting Again -- 2. Religion and Politics in Campo Alegre -- Competition for a Fiesta -- The Fiesta -- The Town as Melange -- The Politics of Melange -- 3. The Crentes -- Severino -- Teresa and Ze -- Valdo and Madalena -- 4. The Assembly of God -- Rituals of Church and Sect -- The Politics of Pentecostalism in Campo Alegre -- The Politics of Pentecostalism in Brazil -- Campo Alegre Crentes and the Interpreters of Pentecostalism -- 5. The Afro-Brazilian Spiritists: Against the Stream -- Pai Fulo's Group -- Maria Pretinha's Group -- 6. The Afro-Brazilian Spiritists: The Mainstream? -- Dona Rosaria's Group -- Dona Paula and Her Clients -- Toward a Typology of Afro-Brazilian Spiritism -- 7. The Catholics -- Padre Eduardo -- Padre Eduardo and Carlos -- Padre Cicero, Pedro Faro, and Padre Eduardo -- Angelita -- Padre Eduardo's Project -- The Communitarian Project of the Catholic Church in Brazil -- 8. The Kingdoms Come -- Skepticism from On High and Skepticism from the Field -- Religion and the Deepening of Democracy -- The National Security Code and Grass-roots Religions -- Religious Groups, Their Viability, and the Religious Constructions of Politics -- The Saturday Feira Crises of Faith and Their Resolution -- Appendix
Summary At a time when scholars are beginning to think about the political implications of grass roots religion around the world, Kingdoms Come explores the "popular religions" in Brazil. Rowan Ireland examines the three main religious traditions at the grass roots in Brazil--folk Catholicism, Protestant pentecostalism and Afro-Brazilian spiritism--and traces the contrasting definitions of political problems that arise from these spiritual cultures. Ireland argues that different religions are predisposed toward distinct patterns of acceptance or rejection of political paradigms--such as rural bossism, bureaucratic authoritarianism, or communalism--and, more controversially, that the different paradigms are actually constructed in living out popular religions. One of the most valuable features of this book is its discovery of the range of responses found in each of the various Brazilian religious phenomena. For example, one type of Protestant pentecostalism predisposes believers to endorse civilian and military authoritarianism, while another rejects the claims of national security regimes and local bosses. Similar differences exist in the other religions. In the past, scholars assumed that each Brazilian religious movement produced a single, unambiguous response; Kindgdoms Come demonstrates that this is not the case. Ireland also shows how the various religious movements competing for the allegiance of Latin Americans can affect political culture. By a close analysis of these movements, he proves that, in each of the various traditions, there are streams that foster a deepening of Brazil's rather shallow democracy. Ireland's original method of examining national political issues through local community and biographical case studies will be of interest not only to Latin Americanists but to all who study the making of political culture and the living of religious traditions
Analysis Afro-Brazilian cults Brazil
Brazil Politics and government 1985-2002
Brazil Religious life and customs
Catholic Church Brazil
Pentecostal churches Brazil
Religion and politics Brazil
Overseas item
Political ideologies
Religious cults
Social values
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 247-255) and index
Notes Also available online
Subject Catholic Church -- Brazil
Catholic Church.
Afro-Brazilian cults -- Brazil.
Pentecostal churches -- Brazil.
Religion and politics -- Brazil.
Brazil -- Politics and government -- 1985-
Brazil -- Politics and government -- 1985-2002.
Brazil -- Religious life and customs.
LC no. 91019448
ISBN 0822936968