- Datum: 2015-10-22
- Tid: 17:00–19:00
- Plats: VG Nation, Västra Ågatan 18, 753 09 Uppsala
Föreläsare: Rune Hjarno Rasmussen, doktorand i Religionshistoria vid Uppsala Universitet.
The Afro Atlantic religions Vodou, Santeria and Candomblé have been the target of a historically unique level of European demonization. But there is also a long history of appeal and inspiration between these polytheist cults of West African origin and the occult ad popular religions of the Europeans who interacted with Africans during one of the most brutal atrocities in history, the transatlantic slavetrade.
The first part of the lecture will introduce some fundamental elements of these traditions on the basis of my fieldwork in Brazilian candomblé. I will show some recordings from my fieldwork which thematically demonstrates the ritual technologies that construct deities, induces trance and situates interaction with deities. The recordings also shows a religion in which erotic expression plays a prominent role. It is a traditionally matriarchal religion in which homosexuality and homoerotic play is central.
The second part of the lecture will give a brief overview of the history of interaction between Afro Atlantic religion and European occultism. What is the role of the demonization which Europeans have traditionally aimed at African religious culture. Since Vodou played a role in motivating the Haitian revolution and until today a specific brand of fascination mixed with fear has characterized our perceptions of the African as “The Ultimate Occult Other”. I will present examples of how this perception has shaped the flow of inspiration between Afro-Atlantic and European religions.
Afro Atlantic religions are presently experiencing a rapid spread. From Cuba, Haiti and Brazil migrations are putting them on the map in European and North American cities. During the 00’es Santeria was the fastest growing religion in the US and also in Europe occultists seem to become fascinated by these religions.
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