Women of Axé | Mulheres de Axé

A preview of the documentary showcasing influential women of axé in Bahia. The documentary opens with an interview of Iyalorixa Stella de Oxosse who pays homage to those who paved the way for what we know as Candomblé today.  She says: So, to begin our conversation, it’s good, before anything further, that we salute theContinue reading “Women of Axé | Mulheres de Axé”

Olubaje: The King’s Banquet

Olubaje is a feast that plays an important role in Candomble’s ritual calendar. Food for Obaluaye (or Omolu) and all of the Orixas is prepared and served to the public to participate in this sacred cleansing meal.  Praising Omolu during the Olubaje is how we pray for the health and well-being of the members ofContinue reading “Olubaje: The King’s Banquet”

What do you mean, there’s no Oriate?!?!

Whenever I meet American Olorisas who are familiar with Brazil (and aware of Candomblé) they almost always ask, “So, who’s your godmother?” I think this is an interesting question for several reasons.  I imagine that people assume I’ve gone to one of the famous matrix houses in Bahia to be initiated, and expect me toContinue reading “What do you mean, there’s no Oriate?!?!”