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Title: Transnational Migrants and Transnational Spirits: An African Religion in Lisbon
Author: Saraiva, Clara
Keywords: Migração
Religiões Africanas
Issue Date: Mar-2008
Publisher: Routledge
Series/Report no.: ;V.34, n.2
Abstract: Portugal, for long a country of emigration, has in recent decades become one of immigration. One of the largest groups of newcomers is constituted by Africans from the former Portuguese colonies. This paper focuses on how religion and ritual traditions from their home country are manipulated by people from Guinea-Bissau in order to recreate their identity in the urban world of Lisbon. Based on fieldwork conducted among the Pepel of Guinea-Bissau from 1997 to the present and on ongoing research on a Pepel religious healer in Lisbon, this paper specifically dwells on the issue of transnational spirits. It explores how such entities are constructed, and the rituals around them. This entails a complex and ceaseless relation between the world of the living and the world of the dead, as well as a constant flow of goods and symbols between the physical original grounds, in Guinea-Bissau, and Lisbon: people, money, goods, practices and ideas, as well as spirits, circulate and create bridges between Europe and Africa.
Description: Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Vol.34, n.2,pp. 253 — 269
ISSN: 1369-183X
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