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Seven Wonders of Brazil: From Christ the Redeemer to Carnival, Robert Beckford Explores the Diversity of Brazilian Christianity

color. 60 min. PBS. 2015. DVD ISBN 9781627893879. $24.99.
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OrangeReviewStarThis DVD provides a good basic introduction to its subject. While it uses Brazil's 500 years of Christianity as a hub, its spokes cover the secular past, present, and future. British theologian Beckford focuses on seven religious sites in Brazil: Christ the Redeemer statue (Rio), São Francisco Church (Salvador), the Amazon Opera House (Manaus), São Paulo Cathedral, the Presbyterian Cathedral (Rio), Metropolitan Cathedral (Brasilia), and Carnival (Rio). He pairs these sites with other phenomena, including an exploration of a mixture of Catholicism and spirit worship called Candomble, shamanism, modern architecture, and, of course, samba.

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