Meredith W. Watts is currently midway through a nine-month residence in Brazil. He and his wife and research partner, Simone Ferro, are working on a book on popular culture in the northeast state of Maranhão. This includes the Bumba-meu-boi festival and diverse religious practices in several traditions, ranging from popular Christianity to many descended from African and indigenous practice.
Meredith’s blog http://www.meredithwwatts.com/MWBrazilBlog/ has several dozen posts with reflections and photos from his experience. Meredith will return to Milwaukee in July, 2016.
While he is in Brazil, Meredith can be reached at email@example.com