New book:



Cristina Rocha & Manuel A. Vásquez


The Diaspora of Brazilian Religions explores the global spread of religions originating in Brazil, a country that has emerged as a major pole of religious innovation and production. Through ethnographically-rich case studies throughout the world, ranging from the Americas (Canada, the U.S., Peru, and Argentina) and Europe (the U.K., Portugal, and the Netherlands) to Asia (Japan) and Oceania (Australia), the book examines the conditions, actors, and media that have made possible the worldwide construction, circulation, and consumption of Brazilian religious identities, practices, and lifestyles, including those connected with indigenized forms of Pentecostalism and Catholicism, African-based religions such as Candomblé and Umbanda, as well as diverse expressions of New Age Spiritism such as the John of God Movement, and Ayahuasca-centered neo-shamanism like Vale do Amanhecer and Santo Daime.


Table of Contents


Introduction:  Brazil in the New Global Cartography of Religion

Manuel A. Vásquez and Cristina Rocha




Ch 1: Edir Macedo’s Pastoral Project: A Globally Integrated Pentecostal Network

Clara Mafra, Claudia Swatowiski, and Camila Sampaio


Ch 2: Brazilian Churches in London: Transnationalism of the Middle

Olivia Sheringham


Ch 3: The ‘Devil’s Egg’: The Football Players as New Missionaries of the Diaspora of Brazilian Religions

Carmen Rial


Ch 4: Brazilian Pentecostalism in Peru: Affinities between the Social and Cultural Conditions of Andean Migrants and the Religious Worldview of the Pentecostal Church “God is Love

Dario Paulo Barrera Rivera


Ch 5: Catholicism for Export: The Case of Canção Nova

Brenda Carranza and Cecília Mariz




Ch 6: Umbanda and Batuque in the Southern Cone:  Transnationalization as cross-border religious flow and as social field

Alejandro Frigerio


Ch 7: Pretos Velhos across the Atlantic: Afro-Brazilian Religions in Portugal

Clara Saraiva


Ch 8: Transnational Authenticity: An Umbanda Temple in Montreal

Deirdre Meintel and Annick Hernandez


Ch 9: Japanese Brazilians among Pretos-Velhos, Caboclos, Buddhist Monks and Samurais: An Ethnographic Study of Umbanda in Japan

Ushi Arakaki


Ch 10:  Mora Iemanja? Axé in Diasporic Capoeira Regional

Neil Stephens and Sara Delamont




Ch 11: Building a Transnational Spiritual Community: The John of God Movement in Australia

Cristina Rocha


Ch 12: The Valley of Dawn in Atlanta, Georgia: Negotiating Gender Identity and Incorporation in the Diaspora

José Cláudio Souza Alves and Manuel A. Vásquez


Ch 13: The Niche Globalization of Projectiology: Cosmology and Internationalization of a Brazilian Parascience

Anthony Fischer D’Andrea


Ch 14Transcultural keys: Humor, Creativity and other Relational Artifacts in the transposition of a Brazilian Ayahuasca Religion to the Netherlands

Alberto Groisman





Dr. Cristina Rocha

Senior Lecturer, School of Humanities and Communications Arts

University of Western Sydney


Editor of The Diaspora of Brazilian Religions (with Manuel Vasquez, Brill, 2013);  Buddhism in Australia: Traditions in Change (with Michelle Barker, Routledge, 2010) and author of Zen in Brazil: The Quest for Cosmopolitan Modernity (Hawaii University Press, 2006).

Editor: Journal of Global Buddhism

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