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The Gnostic Church of Brazil: Contemporary Neo-esotericism in Late-Modern Perspective.

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>01/2005
<mark>Journal</mark>Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion
Issue number8
Number of pages28
Pages (from-to)1-28
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Present in Brazil since 1972, the Gnostic Church of Brazil (Igreja Gnóstica do Brasil) is a neo-esoteric organization that combines traditional and late-modern characteristics. After situating the Gnostic Church of Brazil within Brazil’s contemporary neo-esoteric milieu, this article offers a brief description of the organization, its discourse, and its practice. The remainder of the article is given over to detailing and interpreting research data gathered via interview, questionnaire, and participant observation. Drawing on empirical research and theoretical reflection in light of contemporary academic treatments of religion in Brazil, this article examines a number of late-modern dynamics as they are refracted through a particular occupant of Brazil’s increasingly fluid religious field.

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RAE_import_type : Journal article RAE_uoa_type : Theology, Divinity and Religious Studies