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The City of Women Hardcover – December, 1994


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 251 pages
  • Publisher: Univ of New Mexico Pr (December 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826315550
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826315557
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,890,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This 1947 title studies the religious sect known as the candomble-a spirit possession religion developed by West African female slaves brought to Brazil. In researching the volume, Landes interviewed those who practice the religion and observed its ceremonies. For anthropology, religion, and women's collections.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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This book is the landmark study of candomblé, the Afro-Brazilian religion of Bahia, Brazil. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Andre on January 12, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is one of the great classics of anthropology and Latin American studies. Largely ignored during the rush to make anthropology a science of culture, this is a description of Candomble and the women who led the spiritual life of Bahia in the thirties. Good to see that it is now available in this format.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By El Brujo on November 26, 2002
Format: Paperback
If you are looking for an excellent book on the Candomble Orixa Worship of Brazil, then this is the classic. The book as the title states is of the power of the Brazilian Priestesses of the orixas, also known as orisha. Mai De Santos, or Priestesses of Orixas are as powerful, and as highly respected as the Babalawos of the Ifa and Babalorichas of Lucumi. I highly recomend this to all Voodoo Mambos, Santeria Santeras, and all Woman of the world, who believe in the power of Woman.
From a man's point of view this is a brilliant and inspiring work, and should be read buy all who honor the Ancient African Gods.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Temujin Ekunfeo on March 19, 2013
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According to the blurb on the back cover of The City of Women. . . "Marketed as an exotic travelogue and dismissed by anthropologists when it appeared in 1947, it is the truest comment that could be made about this book.
When I opened The City of Women I looked for the Index and the table of contents because I was interested some particular information that was supposed to be in it. What I found was that there was no index and the table of contents had very little content.
I first started reading The City of Women I was struck by the lack of purpose and even more so by the lack of structure, this book should have been called my wasted year of doing no real research in Brazil.
It seemed clear to me that in her time in Brazil she learned very little about the Black Brazilians that spent time around, what is worse she was the only English speaking anthropologist/ethnologist to meet Eliseo Martiniano do Bonfim the last Brazilian boy to be sent to Lagos Nigeria to be initiated into the priesthood and trained in preparation his return to Brazil. Dr. Landes calls him "an institution in Bahia and in all of Brazil. Yet Dr. Landes only dedicates around 20 pages to him, 20 pages in a 248 page book.
As both an anthropologist and a priest in the Yoruba tradition in the Cuban Diaspora I am appalled by her complete lack of academic rigor and generally cavalier attitude in general.
She has an opportunity to learn from a man who was now nearly 80 year old when she met him in 1938 who left Brazil around 14 years of age and came back 11 years later speaking 2 African languages and English as well as being armed with wealth knowledge on Yoruba tradition both in Africa and in Brazil.
Dr.
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