Orisa: Resilience in the Diaspora and at Home

It can be as challenging to discuss the Yoruba culture as it is to discuss Candomblé – both are words that we use to describe what can be, at times, vastly different practices or beliefs.

Ecology and Candomblé

Part of our worship of nature involves making offerings, but all too often those offerings become pollution – an affront to the very nature we serve.  While we absolutely have religious freedom and can practice our beliefs without fear, we also have the responsibility of keeping the environment clean.

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, social gatherings; Candomblé is no different.  A xirê is a drumming in Candomblé where the female members of a terreiro dance in honorContinue reading “Candomblé Doesn’t Begin with the Xirê”

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 time. Don’t say a thing, you just finished conversing with your ancestors during your sleep, sacred time. You need to return toContinue reading “Iyawo – a poem”

Yemanjá: Ecological Wisdom From the Heart of Brazil

In August I came across the trailer for an upcoming documentary, Yemanjá: the film.  To my surprise, the documentary has also already been released (and has English subtitles!).  In addition to addressing Candomblé as a nature-based religion, it takes a look at the political nature of Candomblé as a religion of resistance against racism andContinue reading “Yemanjá: Ecological Wisdom From the Heart of Brazil”

Where’s the Trono?

A few years ago I went to a religious movie night hosted by a Lukumi Iyalorisha friend of mine.  We watched documentaries about both Lukumi and Candomblé, and were able to do a little comparative study through them to learn about each religion. One of the videos we saw was a drumming for Iemanja byContinue reading “Where’s the Trono?”

Inside a Terreiro: Casa de Òsùmàrè

Here’s another look inside of a terreiro.  Fusion.net 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 during political persecution.