Essay on The Development of Afro-Brazilian Religions

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The origin of Afro Brazilian religions is traced back to the Atlantic slave trade that took place in the 16th century . Portuguese people captured individuals from Bantu tribes and the other West African communities. The slave trade involved the transfer of these people to Brazil, where they were sold as slaves. The interaction of slaves from different cultural and religious backgrounds led to the development of the Afro Brazilian religions that consequently spread all over Brazil. The religions did not; however, develop at once since they faced opposition from the then government that recognized the Roman Catholic as the only religion in Brazil. Attempts by Africans to worship in their own culture were counteracted until in 1824 when the …show more content…
The origin of Afro Brazilian religions is traced back to the Atlantic slave trade that took place in the 16th century . Portuguese people captured individuals from Bantu tribes and the other West African communities. The slave trade involved the transfer of these people to Brazil, where they were sold as slaves. The interaction of slaves from different cultural and religious backgrounds led to the development of the Afro Brazilian religions that consequently spread all over Brazil. The religions did not; however, develop at once since they faced opposition from the then government that recognized the Roman Catholic as the only religion in Brazil. Attempts by Africans to worship in their own culture were counteracted until in 1824 when the country passed a law allowing everyone to join a religion of his/her choice. There are many religions in the world. Religions differ from one community to another and from one region to the other . Due to the recognition of the freedom of worship, many religions have emerged, most of which are based on the ethical background of an individual. Some religions have resulted from the interaction of different cultures. This essay will focus on the Afro-Brazilian Religions that are believed to have resulted from the interaction of people from different cultural backgrounds. The essay will analyze the religions and critically evaluate the effect of class, gender and race on these religions.

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