Sacred Art: Catholic Saints and Candomble Gods in Modern Brazil (Hardcover)

Sacred Art: Catholic Saints and Candomble Gods in Modern Brazil By Henry Glassie, Pravina Shukla Cover Image
Usually Ships in 1-5 Days


Sacred art flourishes today in northeastern Brazil, where European and African religious traditions have intersected for centuries. Professional artists create images of both the Catholic saints and the African gods of Candombl to meet the needs of a vast market of believers and art collectors.

Over the past decade, Henry Glassie and Pravina Shukla conducted intense research in the states of Bahia and Pernambuco, interviewing the artists at length, photographing their processes and products, attending Catholic and Candombl services, and finally creating a comprehensive book, governed by a deep understanding of the artists themselves.

Beginning with Edival Rosas, who carves monumental baroque statues for churches, and ending with Francisco Santos, who paints images of the gods for Candombl terreiros, the book displays the diversity of Brazilian artistic techniques and religious interpretations. Glassie and Shukla enhance their findings with comparisons from art and religion in the United States, Nigeria, Portugal, Turkey, India, Bangladesh, and Japan and gesture toward an encompassing theology of power and beauty that brings unity into the spiritual art of the world.

About the Author

Henry Glassie is College Professor Emeritus at Indiana University and has received many awards for his work. Three of his eighteen books--Passing the Time in Ballymenone, The Spirit of Folk Art, and Turkish Traditional Art Today--were named among the notable books of the year by the New York Times.Pravina Shukla is Professor of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University and is the author of Costume: Performing Identities through Dress and the award-winning book The Grace of Four Moons. She is also the coauthor of The Individual and Tradition.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780253032058
ISBN-10: 0253032059
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication Date: November 20th, 2017
Pages: 548
Language: English