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Universal devil and local spirits: the work of the Igreja Universal do Reino de Deus in Maputo, Southern Mozambique

Grant number: 17/24663-0
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): April 01, 2018
Effective date (End): August 31, 2022
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Anthropology
Principal Investigator:Ronaldo Romulo Machado de Almeida
Grantee:Clayton da Silva Guerreiro
Host Institution: Instituto de Filosofia e Ciências Humanas (IFCH). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):19/21237-5 - Bodies, things and spirits: use of materiality in rituals in the Universal Church Kingdom of God and the Zion church in Mozambique south, BE.EP.DR


This research project aims to investigate the transit of people, practices, spirits and categories in Maputo, capital of Mozambique, focusing on the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (IURD) and its followers. This will be done, considering that we are facing a recent but complex change in the religious field in Mozambique, which is evident in the reconfiguration of the "spirit world". The operationalization of this research will include the observation of IURD rituals, as well as interviews with faithfuls and visitors and analyzes of media materials of the said church, seeking to perceive the intersection of ideas and practices between the agents of the IURD and those specialized in contacting the spirits in that region - especially the Tinyanga (as the traditional doctors are called) and the prophets of the Zione churches. (AU)

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