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Macumba is a syncretic religion practiced in Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay. It is sometimes considered by non-practitioners to be a form of witchcraft or black magic. In the 1900s Macumba became a slang term among Brazilians who aren’t affiliated with these religions. Although the word Macumba may be used among Afro-Brazilian religion practicioners to kindly refer to their practices, it is also used as a pejorative and even a racial slur by evangelical hate groups against these religions.