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What Does Candomblé Believe in, Anyway?

by Iya Melissa Most people who find their way to Candomblé are already at least slightly familiar with Orixá or Yoruba culture and religion.  As Candomblé grows in the United States, however, many people… Continue reading

Folhas Encantadas: a Documentary

Unfortunately, this documentary is in Portuguese and doesn’t have subtitles.  In it, Mãe Stella and other mães from Ilê Axé Opô Afonjá discuss the importance of herbs within Candomblé and share songs and… Continue reading

Basket of Ideas: Why not me?

Mae Stella reflects on suffering, 12.07.2012 Maria Stella de Azevedo Santos Translated by Melissa Oliver Suffering isn’t “my beach,” but it’s impossible to deny that this painful feeling plays a part of… 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 VII: The Importance of Sacrifice 

by Iya Melissa It’s no secret that there is animal sacrifice in Candomblé. However, there are many types of sacrifices that we make when we decide to follow Candomblé (or any other religious… Continue reading

Mãe Stella: Presence, yes! Presents, no! – a Translation

Maria Stella de Azevedo Santos | Iyalorixá do Ilê Axé Opô Afonjá Translated by Melissa Oliver I’m ready to sleep, not so early as the elderly sleep.  I’m 90 years and… Continue reading

Candomblé & Christmas

  Often when people learn about African religions, their curiosity pushes them to answer questions that they have about the religions with which they’re already familiar.  Who is God? Where’s the holy book?… Continue reading

Sign the Petition Protecting Animal Sacrifice for Afro-Brazilian Religions

That religious intolerance is alive and well in Brazil is no news.  The latest development is that the Brazilian Government is making moves to remove language from the law that protects Afro-Brazilian religious… Continue reading

Orixá Dance Class in NYC – August 2016

One of the most frequent inquiries that I receive is whether or not I know of any Candomblé dance classes.  There don’t seem to be any regular classes in NYC, but here’s one… Continue reading

Candomblé, Ifá and the Diaspora

Here’s a short documentary where Chief Elebuibon draws comparisons between Candomblé and the way the religion is practiced in Nigeria. The interview begins with a discussion about sacred music and some differences between… Continue reading

Orixá Community Census & Survey

The Orisa Community Development Corporation, while not focused solely on Candomblé, aims to address the concerns of the religious community in the USA.  If you’re interested in giving them feedback from a Candomblé… Continue reading

Sacred Journeys: Oshun-Oshogbo

The Oshun festival takes place every year in Oshogbo, Nigeria during mid-August.  Millions of people travel from around the world to participate in the festival, to bathe in the sacred Oshun river, to… Continue reading

The Importance of Family & the Terreiro in Candomblé

I was reading Jacqueline Woodson’s Op-Ed in the NYT last month.  Her opinion piece had nothing to do with religion, much less Candomblé, but the message of resistance in her words reminded me… Continue reading