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Historical Archaeology

, Volume 46, Issue 3, pp 102–123 | Cite as

Body Marks, Pots, and Pipes: Some Correlations between African Scarifications and Pottery Decoration in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Brazil

  • Marcos André Torres de Souza
  • Camilla Agostini
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Abstract

Some aspects related to the dynamic of specific signs reproduced in pots and pipes are similar to body scarifications carried by Africans. It is argued that these decorations were appropriated, recontextualized, and sometimes resignified by Brazilian slaves, who used them in the construction of new diasporic identities.

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  • Marcos André Torres de Souza
    • 1
  • Camilla Agostini
    • 2
  1. 1.Departamento de Sociologia e AntropologíaUniversidade Federal de Minas GeraisCampus Pampulha Belo HorizonteBrazil
  2. 2.Department of HistoryUniversidade Federal Fluminense, Campus Gragoatá—Rua Prof. MarcosNiteróiBrazil

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