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macumba

Line breaks: ma|cumba
Pronunciation: /məˈkʊmbə
 
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Definition of macumba in English:

noun

[mass noun]
A religious cult practised among black people in Brazil, using sorcery, ritual dance, and fetishes.
Example sentences
  • Macumba originated with African slaves shipped to Brazil in the 1550's, who continued to worship their African Gods.
  • Of the several Macumba sects in Brazil, the most important are Candomblé and Umbanda.

Origin

Portuguese.

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