ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
At key moments in my life when I finally made the right decision or too
appropriatemove,myfatherwouldplayfullyinquire,‘‘Whattookyousolo
Were he alive today, my father might well pose this same question on th
pearanceofthisbook.Themostprofessionallyexpedientstepwouldhave
to transform my 1976 dissertation on the Pedro Batista millenarian move
immediatelyintoabook.Atthattimemyresearchonpopularreligiosityin
zil was arguably ahead of its day, but it failed to adequately explore the
in which millenarianism was engaged with the state, church, and larger s
forces. Realizing that I lacked the tools to move in these directions, I c
to publish several articles on millenarianism and defer the task of writ
more integrated and comparative studyof the Pedro Batista movement. I
meantime I set my sights on a verydifferent topic: international migratio
refugee movements in the Americas.
During the long hiatus I continued to mull over solutions to the ques
andchallengesposedbymy1970sBrazilianresearch.Thethreepeopletow
I dedicate this book proved invaluable to this decades-long pursuit. Ea
heror his own way has been an inspiration and advocate. Maria das Dore
Santos(DonaDodô)wastheleaderofthemillenariancommunityofSant
gida when I first arrived in 1973. She is referred to by most of her follow
madrinha (godmother) Dodô. Certainly in her kindness,willingness to me
and unparalleled graciousness, she has been in every way a godmother t
and my project.This book documents and celebrates her remarkable life
The second person who shepherded this project is my mother Irene
field Pessar. She, along with my father, displayed nothing but support an
thusiasm as their twenty-four-year-old daughter headed off to a remotev
in Northeast Brazil, a spot that most Brazilians dismissively labeled ‘‘o
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