by Iyalorisa Melissa Olosun People often come to Orisha religions and think the first step they should take is to get a reading. While divination is absolutely important in all of the Orisha religions, it… Continue reading
Xirê is the word used in Candomblé to describe a drumming feast for the Orisha.
On our journey to success, it’s not enough to have a plan and be responsible. It’s also important to safeguard the plan – even being secretive at times – in order to ensure the plan’s success. Orisha wants us to be successful. Orisha religion, through, prayer, divination and sacrifice, provides the tools we need to be met with success.
One of the basic beliefs in Candomblé is that harmony is essential, and in order to have harmony there must be balance.
I’m not sure where the myth began that Candomblé initiations are done “head and foot,” but it’s a grave misconception.
Maintaining the practice of honoring Yemanja at the ocean is important, because it is intricately linked to honoring the ancestors of our religion. Without them, we wouldn’t have Candomblé.
When we make ebo, it’s not a business transaction we’re making with Orixá; we need water, but water doesn’t need us.
A Refuge in Thunder, by Dr. Rachel E. Harding, takes a close look at the trajectory of Candomblé in its Brazilian home as a religion of resilience and affirmation of a Black identity in Brazil.
Orisa bi iya, ko si. Iya la ba ma bo. In other words, there is no Orisa like (or greater than) mother, it is mother who is worthy to be praised.