Roger Bastide: O Candomblé da Bahia – Rito Nagô
This book is classic and obligatory reading for every Candomblé researcher. Roger Bastide (1898-1974) was a French sociologist who went to Brazil in the 1950’s to help establishing the Faculty of Humanities at the newly-founded USP. There, he fell in love with the Afro-Brazilian traditions, becoming, alongside Pierre Verger (who will deserve several posts in this blog) the most prominent voice of his time concerning Afro-Brazilian religion. His work is of major importance in the opening of the academic circles to the universe of the Candomblé, as well as in the approaches to other researchers who had treated the same subject before him, such as Manoel Querino and Edson Carneiro.