Sacred Art

Catholic Saints and Candomblé Gods in Modern Brazil

Pravina Shukla, Henry H. Glassie
Publication Date
2018
Website
View the book on iupress.indiana.edu

Sacred art flourishes today in northeastern Brazil, where European and African religious traditions have intersected for centuries. Professional artists create images of both the Catholic saints and the African gods of Candomblé to meet the needs of a vast market of believers and art collectors.

This book displays the diversity of Brazilian artistic techniques and religious interpretations. Glassie and Shukla enhance their findings with comparisons from art and religion in the United States, Nigeria, Portugal, Turkey, India, Bangladesh, and Japan and gesture toward an encompassing theology of power and beauty that brings unity into the spiritual art of the world.

Citation

Sacred Art: Catholic Saints and Candomblé Gods in Modern Brazil. Henry Glassie and Pravina Shukla, Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2018.