The Catholic Afro Mass and the Dance of Eurocentrism in Brazil

John Burdick

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Since the late 1970s, the progressive wing of the Catholic Church in Brazil has worked in solidarity with that country's black movement to formulate practices to advance the cause of anti-racism. In particular, the Church has sought to dismantle white supremacy and Eurocentrism by creating an inculturated liturgy, known as the "Afro-Mass,"inspired by the Afro- Brazilian religion of candomble. This chapter assesses this effort at cultural politics and concludes that it unwittingly reproduces the very structures of Eurocentrism it seeks to destabilize. The essay thus contributes to the literature that evaluates the outcomes of social movements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationRace, Nation, and Religion in the Americas
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)019514919X, 9780195149180
StatePublished - Apr 1 2005


  • Afro-Brazilian
  • Afro-mass
  • Anti-racism
  • Black movement
  • Brazil
  • Candomble
  • Catholic church
  • Cultural politics
  • Eurocentrism
  • Inculturated mass
  • Social movements
  • White supremacy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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