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By Clarence Bernard Henry

Clarence Bernard Henry's e-book is a fruits of numerous years of box learn on sacred and secular impacts of àsé, the West African Yoruba idea that unfold to Brazil and through the African Diaspora. Àsé is imagined as energy and inventive strength bestowed upon humans by way of ancestral spirits appearing as guardians. In Brazil, the West African Yoruba proposal of àsé is named axé and has been reinvented, transmitted, and nurtured in Candomblé, an Afro-Brazilian faith that's practiced in Salvador, Bahia.

The writer examines how the ideas of axé and Candomblé faith were appropriated and reinvented in Brazilian renowned tune and tradition. that includes interviews with practitioners and native musicians, the publication explains what percentage Brazilian well known tune types equivalent to samba, bossa nova, samba-reggae, ijexá, and axé have musical and stylistic components that stem from Afro-Brazilian faith. The ebook additionally discusses how younger Afro-Brazilians mix Candomblé non secular tune with African American track corresponding to blues, jazz, gospel, soul, funk, and rap.

Henry argues for the significance of axé as a unifying strength tying jointly the secular and sacred Afro-Brazilian musical landscape.

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In the Afro-Brazilian experience another distinction is the manifestation of West African àsé that has been reinvented in Afro-Brazilian culture as axé, a tradition that continues to connect the sacred and secular. Secularizing “Àsé/Axé” This book is a culmination of several years of research on the sacred/secular influences of àsé/axé, Candomblé religion, popular music, and Afro-Brazilian culture. It examines how Candomblé emerged from the religious sanctum of Afro-Brazilian culture and has influenced artistic creativity in various styles of Brazilian popular music and dance, from samba to ijexá, samba-reggae, and axé.

Both feared and loved, he is the messenger of ancestral spirits and the guardian of temples, houses, roads, and crossroads. 8 Despite these special offerings, the trickster/ guardian often double-crosses those who put their faith in him. Nevertheless, he is considered the protector of the people; those who abuse their power are at the mercy of the trickster/guardian, who can bestow negative àsé. Mediating Àsé in the Secular World Important to appeasing the òrìsàs are spiritual leaders called babalaô, who act as mediums between the sacred and secular worlds.

By conjoining ancestral worship with rites from Roman Catholicism, enslaved Africans reconnected themselves with West African àsé but at the same time extended their African sensibility of worshiping the ancestral spirits through religious and artistic expression of music and dance in Brazil. Some Candomblé practitioners also venerate Native American spirits such as the Caboclo, which represents the Native American population. Some believe that Native Americans are the true “owners of the land,” since they occupied Brazil before the Europeans.

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