This excellent documentary takes a creative and careful look at the religion of the Nago people, Native Americans of mixed African descent, whose ancestors came from Nigeria and Dahomey. (The Nago live on some islands off the coast of northeastern Brazil.) The "Egun" are their departed ancestors who can intervene on behalf of the Nago, and, according to the testimony of young men just initiated into the religion, bring them a measure of tranquility and a sense of belonging. Rituals involve chanting, dancing, and animal sacrifice, yet the philosophy of the Egun belief system is also subtle and sophisticated. Development projects currently threaten the culture and territories of the Nago as tourists and money start to invade their islands, and within the community itself there is some dissension when their aged chieftain dies.
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