Tag Archive: terreiro

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.  

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

Color in Candomblé

The other day I received a message on MySpace from a gentleman who wanted to know if I could refer him to any “all Black houses” of Candomblé in Brazil, preferably in Bahia.… Continue reading

Religious Persecution

A few months ago I went to a townhall meeting to discuss issues across the Orisa traditions in NYC. During the discussion someone asked why there weren’t more olorisa visible in public? Why… Continue reading

Iyawo for 7 years…what?!?!?

by Iya Melissa  I’ve been meeting more and more people lately who have been asking about our period of Iyawo in Candomblé. More often than not people already have the mind frame of… Continue reading

The Importance of Language

I took my first trip to Brazil knowing how to say less than 10 phrases in Portuguese. I relied totally on the translations of a then-friend to help me get around. I’m fluent… Continue reading