Monthly Archive: July, 2014

Inside a Terreiro: Casa de Òsùmàrè

Here’s another look inside of a terreiro. visited the Casa de Òsùmàrè in Bahia to film this short documentary about Candomblé.  In English, some background is provided about the religion’s survival in Brazil… Continue reading

Getting Involved in Candomblé VIII: The cost of involvement

by Iya Melissa Years ago in the United States, Orisha worshippers seeking initiation began traveling out of the country for ceremonies thinking they would save money.  Initiation in the US can cost up… Continue reading

Understanding Umbanda

I’ve been coming across more and more English language material about Afro-Brazilian religions lately.  Here’s a short clip about Umbanda.  

Entendendo o Orí

Originally posted on Candomblé:
Quando nascemos, o Orí (cabeça), é o primeiro òrìsà que recebemos, é quando tomamos nosso primeiro banho de sangue, nele trazemos as impressões que estão gravadas no inconsciente, a…

Candomblé, Macumba Ritual and Jaré in Brazil

Originally posted on Perspectives in Anthropology:
One Sunday in February, 2008 when my wife and I were living in the bairro of Itapúa which is situated near the airport of Salvador, I was…

Xango is King

Here’s another short about Candomblé and the Orixás – narrated in Portuguese with English subtitles. Filipe Macário is a Brazilian artist and researcher who is producing an independent series on Afro-Brazilian religion.  You… Continue reading

Brazil Week 2014: Mulheres de Axé

If you’re planning to attend, leave a comment below and we’ll look out for each other 😉

Texts About Candomblé

Several months ago, I began putting a list together of English articles and full length texts that discuss Candomblé or Afro-Brazilian culture and religion. I hesitated to post the list, because I felt… Continue reading