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Interamerican Journal of Psychology

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MASSIMI, Marina. Images and the five senses in sermons and celebrations in colonial Brazil. Interam. j. psychol. [online]. 2009, vol.43, n.2, pp. 374-382. ISSN 0034-9690.

The article analyzes the presence of images and metaphors constructed based on sensorial experience in sermons and narratives in ceremonies in Colonial Brazil - aimed at transmitting knowledge and practice to the population through oral communication, based on classic rhetorical methods and in line with the transcripts of the corresponding gnoseological theory (Aristotle, Cicero, and Agostinho de Hipona). The research is conducted by the historical method. The hypothesis is that the images used in the sensorial experiences have the role to impress the listeners and recall everyday experiences - according to the rhetorical principle of accommodatio - leading them to a process of knowledge elaboration. Results prove the important function attributed to the psychic sensorial potencies by the rhetorical art disseminated in Brazil in the colonial period, whether when applied to sermon construction or when used to prepare celebrations and representations regarding the occurrences of civil and religious life, as well as the resulting narratives.

Palabras clave : Images and senses; History of psychological knowledge; Celebration, sermons and narratives.

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