Real and cosmological danger in the tours (“giros”) of folia de reis

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Luiz Gustavo Mendel Souza


Amidst the conflict zones of the cities of the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, between December and January, groups of devotees move to perform their ritual practices, walking, singing, and bringing the good news of the birth of Jesus to their faithful hosts, it is the “Folia de Reis”. This work aims to demonstrate the articulations and tactics used by the revelers to circulate through the marginalized areas in the peripheries of the Metropolitan Region of the State of Rio de Janeiro. Such devotion ends up associating the notion of Folia de Reis and danger, not limited to a physical danger, but to a cosmological danger. The notion of sacred mission left by the Three Kings enables us to think about the myth in practice, that is, the revelry is the annunciation of the good news, it is the mission of announcing that Jesus was born in a dangerous region.


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Mendel Souza, L. G. (2023). Real and cosmological danger in the tours (“giros”) of folia de reis. Anales De Antropología, 57(1).
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Luiz Gustavo Mendel Souza, Universidade do Estado da Bahia

Doutor pelo Programa de Pós-Graduação em Antropologia da Universidade Federal Fluminense, mestre  Programa de Pós Graduação em História social da Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Professor de História da Universidade do Estado da Bahia.