Criminals Force an Iyalorixa to Destroy Her Own Terreiro in Nova Iguassu, Rio de Janeiro

Witnesses told CBN that the drug dealers arrived and urinated on sacred images. The entire act was recorded and shared on social media. The Commission to Combat Religious Intolerance found another video showing the same situation. This case also took place in the Baixada Fluminense borough, in Rio de Janeiro.  

Attacks on Candomblé 

Candomblé is a religion that, at its root, is representative of resistance.

Supporting the Orisha Community in Harvey’s Path

Countless people have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey and many relief organizations (and individuals!) are on the ground lending a helping hand.  Texas is home to a sizable Orisha community, and Oloshas United… Continue reading

O Primeiro: Documentary With English Subtitles

by Iya Melissa “O Primeiro” is a new short documentary about the development of Candomblé by Dionysios Kostakis.  The film focuses on the role that Esu plays in Candomblé, and analyzes syncretism in… Continue reading

Culinary Adaptations in The New World 

Food plays a huge role in Candomblé.  Bahian food is largely reminiscent of West African food; red palm oil is an ingredient found in countless dishes. Some of the most popular Brazilian dishes… Continue reading

Baba Google

The difference between finding answers to your questions about Orisha and looking for other information on the Internet is that people are more likely to be able to discern whether information is credible or not when researching topics where they’ve already got some level of familiarity.

Back With New T-Shirts!

I’m so thankful to everyone who supported the store’s soft opening back in March, and am happy to say we are officially up and running with more designs! I just launched our Facebook… Continue reading

“What is Ori and Why do I Need a Bori?”

One of the basic beliefs in Candomblé is that harmony is essential, and in order to have harmony there must be balance.

But in Candomblé They Only do Head & Foot…

I’m not sure where the myth began that Candomblé initiations are done “head and foot,” but it’s a grave misconception.

Yemanja and Juneteenth

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.

Yoruba Dance From West Africa Across the Atlantic

There are many similarities and differences to be observed when comparing Yoruba religion in West Africa and the Yoruba diaspora. Scores of ritual songs for the Orisha are similar in both Brazil and… Continue reading

Worshipping Orixá isn’t About Expecting Miracles

When we make ebo, it’s not a business transaction we’re making with Orixá; we need water, but water doesn’t need us.

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.