Terreiro Tour

I recently wrote about the structure of a terreiro. Here’s a short documentary that spends most of its time taking you on a tour of a terreiro. This particular ile is quite big; not all terreiro’s have this much space (inside or out). In addition to the essential spaces, this ile has rooms for eachContinue reading “Terreiro Tour”

Homophobic Attacks on Candomblé

Hate mongers have had quite a busy week.  A terreiro in Rio Branco  (Acre state) was vandalized with the phrases, “Let’s kill the gays,” and “God hates gays.”  Babalorisa Germano Marino is certain that his neighbors aren’t responsible for the crime, stating that he’s been there since 1999 and gets along with everyone.  Between MarchContinue reading “Homophobic Attacks on Candomblé”

Exú in Brazil – a documentary

  In Brazil, there are multiple understandings of Exú. In Candomblé, Exú is the messenger Orixá – the beginning and ending of everything. In Umbanda, Exú (and Pombagira) are spiritual manifestations of the dead with Bantu influences. Still, there are those who think Exú is a demon and nothing more than a representation of theContinue reading “Exú in Brazil – a documentary”

Candomblé History in Docu-drama

Many years ago in Brazil, this miniseries aired recounting the stories of each Orixá in a unique installation. The first episode, about Exú, demonstrates how the first Ketu terreiro was built in Bahia. Even if you don’t understand Portuguese, there are great images of life in a terreiro.

How Brazil’s traditional food vendors took on FIFA and won | Al Jazeera America

On the cobbled streets of Salvador, in the shadow of faded pastel buildings that date from Brazil’s colonial era, an army of ladies in flowing white cotton dresses sell the local delicacy acarajé. Read more: How Brazil’s traditional food vendors took on FIFA and won | Al Jazeera America.