Macumba

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Macumba
The word "macumba" is frequently used in Brazil to refer to any ritual or religion of African origin, and although its use by non-practitioners remains largely pejorative in intent (referring to all sorts of religious (or otherwise) superstitions and luck-related rituals and beliefs), and is considered offensive, its use among actual practitioners is not viewed negatively. In Brazil one can find expressions such as "chuta que é macumba!" ("kick it, for it be witchcraft!") to show disagreement with bad luck.

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