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Holy Harlots – Femininity, Sexuality, and Black Magic in Brazil - California Scholarship Online
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Holy Harlots: Femininity, Sexuality, and Black Magic in Brazil

Kelly Hayes


This book examines the intersections of social marginality, morality, and magic in contemporary Brazil by analyzing the beliefs and religious practices related to the Afro-Brazilian spirit entity Pomba Gira. Said to be the disembodied spirit of an unruly harlot, Pomba Gira is a controversial figure in Brazil. Devotees maintain that Pomba Gira possesses an intimate knowledge of human affairs and the mystical power to intervene in the human world. Others view this entity more ambivalently. This book provides an account of the intricate relationship between Pomba Gira and one of her devotees, Naz ... More

Keywords: social marginality, morality, magic, Brazil, religious practices, Pomba Gira, disembodied spirit, gender politics, violence, Rio de Janeiro

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780520262645
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520262645.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kelly Hayes, author