113th Annual Conference - Portland, Oregon
Friday, November 6 - Sunday, November 8, 2015

The Devil in the Brazilian Backlands

Eduardo DaSilva, University of Washington - Seattle

In a combination of folklore, myths, and religious beliefs from the Middle Ages, the Brazilian religious leader, Antônio Conselheiro (1830-1897) created in his followers’ imaginations the representation of republicans as demoniacal forces. The city of Canudos was seen as the gates to heaven, the place of salvation.
This paper will elaborate on the representations of the Devil in the Brazilian backlands, which are rooted in the European traditions that the Portuguese colonizers brought to colonial Brazil.