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Barbara Cruz is a PhD candidate in social anthropology at the National Museum, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where she also completed her M.A. (2018). Cruz was a Visiting Research Scholar at the Graduate Center, CUNY (2019-2020) as a Fulbright Fellow. Her current doctoral project focuses on Terecô, an Afro-Brazilian religion practiced in the state of Maranhão, Brazil. She is also a is also a researcher at the Laboratory of Symmetrical Anthropology (NanSi).