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The Handbook of Black Studies is the first resource to bring together research and scholarship in the field of African-American studies in one volume. Editors Molefi Kete Asante and Maulana Karenga, along with a pre-eminent group of contributors, examine various aspects of the field of Black Studies. Organized into three parts, this Handbook explores historical and cultural foundations, philosophical and conceptual bases, and critical and analytical concepts.
Chapter 20: Kilombismo: An African Brazilian Orientation to Africology
Kilombismo: An African Brazilian Orientation to Africology
Kilombismo (kee-lom-bees'-mo) is the first Brazilian expression of Afrocentric theory. It is a proposal of nation building that seeks to rest the political, social, economic, and cultural organization of Brazilian state and society on the African historical foundations of its heritage. Seen in the works of the major Brazilian intellectual, Abdias do Nascimento (1989, 1991, 1996), the idea of kilombismo has reflected the yearnings of the African Brazilian people to advance their culture and their lives along the basis of cultural and historical events, personalities, and situations in their historical contexts.
The word kilombismo comes from the Kimbundu kilombo, translated by Brazilian authors as meaning campground, settlement, village, or capital, as well ...