Category Archive: Candomblé Structure

The Beauty of a Iyawo’s Initiation in Candomblé – A Translation

Oh, if you knew how beautiful it is to watch your gestation in the uterus (honko) of the ile, in your simplicity of white, seeing your initiation and being born into the religion.  Giving… Continue reading

When Depression Shows Up, How Do You?

It’s not unusual for someone to break down in tears during a reading.  Sometimes the desperation is palpable, and we should do our best to help in whatever ways we can. Divination reveals a lot about us, and it’s not uncommon to see when someone is suffering from depression.

Homosexuality in Candomblé

Every single person is deserving of respect and feeling like their Ori is being honored. We all have that piece of the divine within us, working through us and exchanging axé all the time. That respect extends to all differences we may have, including differences in sexuality.

English Interview: Iya Omindarewa

Iya Omindarewa’s story is interesting, being a non-Brazilian priestess who ran a terreiro in Rio for many years.  This short documentary doesn’t tell her entire story, but takes the viewer on a short… Continue reading

Witchcraft?

Besides seeking a reading to figure out matters of love or money, one of the most common reasons that people consult merindinlogun is because they believe that someone is using witchcraft to work… Continue reading

Orisha Workshop: Chicago

Oxum and International Women’s Day

by Iya Melissa Several years ago I taught a high school elective called Images of Women of Color in the Media.  It was an amazing class with a curriculum that had been developed… Continue reading

Who You Callin’ a Priest?

by Iya Melissa As Candomblé continues to spread in the United States, I’m coming across more and more people who have been taken for a ride by impostor priests.  In Brazil, priests often… Continue reading

Inside a Terreiro: Ilê Aganã Axé Laburè Candomblé Documentary with English Subtitles

I always get excited when I find videos that have subtitles.  This documentary takes viewers through a terreiro in Sao Paulo.  The terreiro itself looks elaborate, but is also in an urban setting.… Continue reading

Getting Involved in Candomblé VI: Switching Orisha Traditions

by Iya Melissa Edited on June 29, 2017 to clarify points about switching traditions after having gone through full Orisa initiation in another tradition. As Candomblé grows in the United States, it’s becoming… Continue reading

Candomblé Doesn’t Begin with the Xirê

A xirê can be one of the most exciting, beautiful and breathtaking experiences you ever have in Candomblé.  Many people come to religion (in general) through public events – revivals, music & concerts,… Continue reading

Iyawo – a poem

Iyawo by Nany Kipenzi Vieira   A few words heard from afar, someone touched my feet.  A summoning or sweetness? Time to wake up! The sun has yet to rise, but Iyawo it’s your… Continue reading

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