This illustrated text in Portuguese accompanies the podcast 'O que é A Umbanda?' created by Emilia Kroprowska , a student of Spanish and Latin American Studies at the School of Languages and Area Studies, University of Portsmouth, as a part of a research project entitled ‘The Role of Student Audio Casting and Production in the Language Learning Curriculum'. The recording and text are based on the student’s own original research in Brazil, and explain the role of Umbanda, a religion which was founded in Brazil in 1908, and is a syncretic in nature, with influences from Christianity, Hinduism, Spiritism, and Africa-based religions. The recording and text explain the fundamental beliefs of Umbanda, its practices, and its role within Brazilian society. The podcast and text can be used as a learning resource in several different ways: as a focus for discussion, aural and written comprehension or as a base for further research by students in the field of Lusophone, Brazilian and Latin American studies.
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