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The Sights and Voices of Dispossession: The Fight for the Land and the Emerging Culture of the MST (The Movement of the Landless Rural Workers of Brazil)


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Photo by Carlos Carvalho, MST Archives São Paulo
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Performance in the settlements

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November 2002

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Compiled by Else R P Vieira. Translation © Thomas Burns.

Mística (lit. ‘mysticism’; ‘mystique’)
'A cultural and political act developed in various rituals, in which the Sem Terra express their readings of lived experiences through poetry, music, mime, painting, art in general. It is also a form of language of the unlettered who express, communicate, and interact in the building of the consciousness of the land struggle' (Fernandes, Bernardo Mançano. Pequeno Vocabulário da Luta pela Terra. Unpublished). For the religious resonances of the MST mfstica see also PASTORAL LAND COMMISSION (CPT) and LIBERATION THEOLOGY. 

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