Cordeiro de Nana is a Brazilian samba song adapted from a slave hymn, a prayer to a deified ancestor goddess who comes in the form of Nana, a wise, elderly woman. The song defies forced conversion to Christianity, explaining that their lack of resistance was not a sign of weakness, and that the slaves were still praying to their original gods. The illustrations underline the parallels between the forced conversion of African slaves and the religious oppression of contemporary African syncretic religion in Brazil, worsened by the rise of conservative Evangelicals political power. The images are based on real events that occurred withinthe past few years in Brazil and demonstrate the ties between corrupt politicians, the owners of wealthy megachurches, and gang violence. These influences have come together to form an increased amount of intolerance of religious minorities, even escalating to the arson of worship spaces, even when practitioners had often already been practicing their faith in secret to avoid persecution. The purple and white color palette recall the colors of Nana and her devotees as well as the colors frequently worn by Evangelist ministers.
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Brooks, Pilar, "Cordeiro de Nana" (2019). 14th Annual Student Book Arts Competition. 3.