The article presents a typological categorization of contemporary mega-events and their characteristics, in order to interpret the assemblages mobilized by sectors of the Catholic Church in traditional devotional pilgrimages in the northern region of Brazil. It uses ethnographic accounts of the Círio de Nazaré feast, in Belém, Pará state, Brazil, considered the largest Catholic procession in the West, in order to analyze how the promotion of this event is organized through institutional and market logics that overlap with the religious phenomenon, evincing a contemporary trend. These assemblages open a field of possibilities for institutional religious reproduction and generate concentric flows of events that compose and strengthen identity dynamics through a series of complex and diffuse rituals.
Lopes, José Rogério and da Silva, André Luiz
"Religious Mega-Events and Their Assemblages in Devotional Pilgrimages: The Case of Círio de Nazaré in Belém, Pará State, Brazil,"
Journal of Global Catholicism:
2, Article 5. p.88-128.
Available at: https://crossworks.holycross.edu/jgc/vol5/iss2/5
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