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ORO, Ari Pedro. The sacrifice of animals in Afro-Brasilian religions: analysis of a recent controversy in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul.Translated byEnrique Julio Romera. Relig. soc. [online]. 2006, vol.1Selected edition, pp. 0-0. ISSN 0100-8587.

The paper analyses a controversy in Rio Grande do Sul, involving the local Afro-religious community, after the State Assembly approved a State Code for the Protection of Animals, which could jeopardize the ritual practice of sacrificing animals in "terreiros". We examine the different standpoints on animal sacrifice in Afro-religious rituals on the part of the main actors and institutions involved, as well as the repercussions of such debates in Brazil and abroad. The controversy is an opportunity for discussing the limits of religious freedom in Brazil.

Keywords : Afro-Brazilian religions; sacrifice of animals; religious intolerance; religious freedom.

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