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27 July 2017

Episode 302

30 minutes


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On this week’s episode we look at how religion has shaped our cities: be it how communities gather, influencing popular culture or impacting the levels of pollution.

27 July 2017

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Chapter 1

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Chapter 1

Salvador: Candomblé

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Salvador da Bahia is Brazil’s third-largest city and as a former centre of the slave trade, it has a large Afro-Brazilian population. The Candomblé faith originated in the early 19th century when slaves, who were supposed to practise Catholicism, created a hybrid tradition.

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Chapter 2

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Berlin: St Agnes

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St Agnes used to be a Catholic church in central Berlin but as the number of faithful declined the Brutalist building was decommissioned. In 2011, Lena König and her husband, gallerist Johann König, decided to turn it into a space for art and culture.

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Chapter 3

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Hong Kong: public display

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Our Hong Kong bureau chief James Chambers tells us about the religious rituals in the Taoist and Buddhist temples scattered all over the city – and how that might not be ideal for a place that’s struggling with pollution.

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