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Secular and Spiritual Celebration Culture in Northeast Brazil

Celebration culture, or cultura popular, in the northeast Brazilian state of Maranhão is unusual because of its nearly continual festivals and spiritual events. The Lenten Carnival, famous in Rio de Janeiro, is celebrated but less prominently than events such as African-Brazilian spiritual practices, events linked to popular Catholicism, and most popular of all – the Bumba-meu-boi, which celebrates and satirizes the colonial social structure. This talk is supported by 15 years of photographs, interviews, videos and observations.


Meredith Watts

Meredith W. Watts professor emeritus of political science at UWM, has been researching and photographing northeast Brazil for more than a decade. She has had visiting professorships in Israel, Germany, London, and various universities in the United States. She has ... read more

Date: 5 Thu, Feb 18-Mar 18, 2021

Delivery Method: Live Online

Time: 2:15-3:30pm CT

Platform: Zoom

Instructor: Meredith Watts

Fee: $30

Enrollment Limit: 300

Program Number: SPRI:126

Registration opens Tue, Jan 12, 2021.