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NEVES, Anderson Jonas das. A behavioral-analytic interpretation of cultural and symbolic aspects of Saint John's bonfire. Perspectivas [online]. 2017, vol.8, n.1, pp. 079-096. ISSN 2177-3548.

The june festivals are popular celebrations that were historically related to the soil fertility, the agricultural practices and the cult to St. John. One of the most distinctive elements of these festivities is the bonfire of St. John. Researches in Sociology, Anthropology and Folklore has clarified the origins of the bonfire on the night of St. John and the relations this with the practices of the same civilizations. The present article proposes that the june bonfire can be treated historically as a cultural practice and a symbol (or symbolic relational network) and, thereby, be subject to a behavioral analysis. Through of the selection of studies on the thematic, a historical survey was made and was identified and analyzed some contingencies and symbolic relations that permeated the June fire. The analysis of the same historic events allow speculate that, from pagan flame in fertility rituals to christian fire of St. John, the functions and symbolic relational networks of bonfire changed and configured helpful resources for controlling the behavior of individuals. This study explores same possibilities of the interpretation analytic-behavioral of the june bonfire and suggests a interface between Behavior Analysis with the human sciences to study popular practices.

Palavras-chave : june festivals; bonfire of St. John; behavior analysis; cultural practice; symbolic networks.

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