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Princeton's WordNet

  1. macumba(noun)

    (Brazil) followers of a religious cult of African origin

  2. macumba(noun)

    popular dance music of Brazil; derived from the practices of the macumba religious cult

  3. macumba(noun)

    a Brazilian religious cult of African origin; combines voodoo elements with singing and chanting and dancing

Wiktionary

  1. macumba(Noun)

    A religious cult, having elements of sorcery, ritual dance and fetishes, from Brazil

Freebase

  1. Macumba

    Macumba is a word of African origins. Various explanations of its meaning include "a musical instrument", the name of a Central African deity, and simply "magic". It was the name used for all Bantu religious practices mainly in Bahia Afro-Brazilian in the 19th century. In the 20th century, these practices re-aligned themselves into what are now called Umbanda, Quimbanda and Omoloko. The term "macumba" became common in some parts of Brazil and it is used by most people as a pejorative meaning "black witchcraft". 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, 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!" to show disagreement with bad luck.

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