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Orisha Workshop: Chicago

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Oxum and International Women’s Day

by Iya Melissa Several years ago I taught a high school elective called Images of Women of Color in the Media.  It was an amazing class with a curriculum that had been developed… Continue reading

Who You Callin’ a Priest?

by Iya Melissa As Candomblé continues to spread in the United States, I’m coming across more and more people who have been taken for a ride by impostor priests.  In Brazil, priests often… 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

Understanding Umbanda

I’ve been coming across more and more English language material about Afro-Brazilian religions lately.  Here’s a short clip about Umbanda.  

Brazil Week 2014: Mulheres de Axé

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

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

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

Candomblé Documentary: English subtitles

I came across this documentary teaser of ‘Ylê Aganã Asé Laburê’, based in São Paulo, Brazil. The primary reason I’m posting it is because it is one of the very few clips on… Continue reading

Mae Stella: Which Orixa Rules the Year? a translation

Mae Stella: Which Orixa rules the year? By Maria Stella de Azevedo Santos http://www.geledes.org.br/em-debate/colunistas/12516-mae-stella-que-orixa-rege-o-ano Translated by Melissa Oliver  The objective of this article is to bring forth clarity. I will try to take… Continue reading

I want…but I don’t want…

I know that it’s been a really long time since I’ve last posted. I have to admit – I haven’t had much to say. But, over the last few months I’ve gotten some… Continue reading

Candomblé, Umbanda e Macumba…Oh My!

There seem to be many conflicting view points as to what these religions are, and that’s always bound to happen when a religion or tradition is oral rather than prescribed in a book.… Continue reading