"FOLK RELIGION" Brazil Local Custom Tip by swesn
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When the Catholic priests attempted to convert the Indians and African slaves, they did not achieve full success. The Indians and African slaves developed their own form of folk Catholicism, using elements of their Indian practices and African gods with similar properties to represent the things taught to them about Catholicism.
For example, African gods or ?orixas? like Oxala, Iemanja, Ogun, Xango are represented respectively by Jesus Christ, Virgin Mary, Saint Anthony and Saint George.
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