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The place of the sacred in quilombola territorialization: the devotion of Ribeirão Grande -Terra Seca community

Grant number: 19/04964-0
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): February 01, 2020
Effective date (End): December 31, 2021
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Geography - Human Geography
Principal researcher:Valeria de Marcos
Grantee:Lucas Martines de Azevedo da Silva
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


The history of the quilombola communities is essential to understand the Afro-Brazilian influence in the socio-spatial formation of the country. Quilombo is a social, dynamic and complex formation that originated from the disintegration of black people from the condition of slave labor, founding a social organization that established a way of life and communal and/or collective production, reaffirming in this system several cultural elements that keeps Afrodescendant practices reformulated in Brazilian territory. The sacred is one of these elements of extreme importance for the maintenance of quilombola identity, with great significance for the creation of resistance practices and for the strengthening of community ties. The quilombola dimension on which these practices are based is devotion, a subjective dimension, essential for the affirmation of identity, and collective, essential for the organization of the group. In the Vale do Ribeira, there is a strong presence of quilombola communities, within the Mosaic of Conservation Units of Jacupiranga is the Barra de Turvo Quilombos Sustainable Development Reserve, an organization that includes three quilombos (Pedra preto-Paraíso, Cedro and Ribeirão Grande-Terra Seca). The formation of these quilombos, especially Ribeirão Grande-Terra Seca, presents religion as an immanent element for the territorialization of these communities. This research seeks to understand the formation of this territory in the light of the religious understanding of its members.

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