Category Archive: Getting Involved

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

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… Continue reading

Getting Involved in Candomblé IV: In it for the long haul

by Iya Melissa Since this blog’s inception, hosted across different platforms, I’ve written about the hierarchy in Candomblé both directly and indirectly. I’ve been extremely blessed to have the love and guidance of my… Continue reading

Reginaldo Prandi: Candomblé and Time

In the never ending quest to find information about Candomblé written in English, this jewel from Brazilian researcher and author Reginaldo Prandi appeared in a recent search.  Here, he writes about the concept… Continue reading

Inside a Terreiro: Xire

This short documentary, in English, shows what happens during a Xire.  A Nigerian documentarian visits a terreiro in São João de Meriti, RJ to witness a complete Xire.  The documentary opens with an… Continue reading

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… 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

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

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;… Continue reading

Basic Hierarchical Terms

    Understanding the hierarchical structure of Candomble takes a lot of time.  Here are some terms used to describe specific classes of people within Candomble that are used often in this blog:… Continue reading

Basic Orisha Theology

by Iya Melissa The articles in this blog describe facets of Candomblé, but make the assumption that you already know the basics.  As has been described here in greater detail, Candomblé is an Afro-Brazilian… Continue reading