Xango is King

Here’s another short about Candomblé and the Orixás – narrated in Portuguese with English subtitles. Filipe Macário is a Brazilian artist and researcher who is producing an independent series on Afro-Brazilian religion.  You… Continue reading

Brazil Week 2014: Mulheres de Axé

If you’re planning to attend, leave a comment below and we’ll look out for each other 😉

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

Homophobic Attacks on Candomblé

Hate mongers have had quite a busy week.  A terreiro in Rio Branco  (Acre state) was vandalized with the phrases, “Let’s kill the gays,” and “God hates gays.”  Babalorisa Germano Marino is certain… Continue reading

Attacks on Candomblé

This morning I saw this unfortunate news article posted on Facebook; a terreiro was broken into in the middle of the night and set on fire.  Even more unfortunate, is that this isn’t… Continue reading

Exú in Brazil – a documentary

  In Brazil, there are multiple understandings of Exú. In Candomblé, Exú is the messenger Orixá – the beginning and ending of everything. In Umbanda, Exú (and Pombagira) are spiritual manifestations of the… Continue reading

Candomblé History in Docu-drama

Many years ago in Brazil, this miniseries aired recounting the stories of each Orixá in a unique installation. The first episode, about Exú, demonstrates how the first Ketu terreiro was built in Bahia.… Continue reading

How Brazil’s traditional food vendors took on FIFA and won | Al Jazeera America

On the cobbled streets of Salvador, in the shadow of faded pastel buildings that date from Brazil’s colonial era, an army of ladies in flowing white cotton dresses sell the local delicacy acarajé.… Continue reading

1st Annual International Candomblé Symposium

Over the years there have been many workshops and presentations in the United States about Candomblé, but this event is, to my knowledge, the first of its kind. If you’ll be in Chicago… Continue reading

Getting Involved in Candomble III: Which Orixa rules my head?

by Iya Melissa In Candomble, it is very common for an abiyan to belong to a terreiro for years before they become an initiate.  There are several factors that lead to prolonged periods… 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

Candomblé Terreiro – Temple Talk

A terreiro (te-hair-o) is a religious temple where Candomblé adherents go for worship. Terreiros are both large and small, urban and suburban, luxurious and modest.  The oldest terreiros in Brazil are well over 100… Continue reading