Monthly Archive: November, 2014

Why Initiate?

by Iya Melissa  “What happens most today is that people initiate into Candomblé, and then begin to question our dogmas – the hierarchy, manners, and comportment.  No Orixá temple is going to adapt… Continue reading

Getting Involved in Candomblé V: What do I receive first?

by Iya Melissa Recently, I received an email from someone that went a little something like this: I’ve been studying the religion for a while and I’m ready to get started.  How much… Continue reading

Bori Bonanza: The New Kid on the Block

When I first began learning about Orisa religion the most important lesson I learned was the concept of iwa pele: gentle character.  It’s a concept not unlike the golden rule; behave in a way that brings… Continue reading

Orixás: Interview with Pierre Verger

It seems that there are always new treasures on YouTube.  I stumbled upon these jewels – a 1986 documentary on Pierre Verger including interviews with him and Iyalorixás in Bahia.  Most of the… Continue reading