Friday, February 4, 2011

In search of Candomble in Bahia

Salvador, Bahia was the first capital of Brazil and a major port for the arrival of African slaves. For about 40% of the slaves that arrived in the New World, Brazil became their new homeland. With so many, spiritual traditions from African practices like Yoruba remained strong. These were infused with Catholicism from the Portuguese and Italians, causing a vibrant syncretism to emerge. I came here to feel it... I wandered through the Afro-Brazilian Museo, noting objects honoring the different spirit entities...

Yemanja - Mermaid Goddess of the Sea

Xango - powerful spiritual entity

Ifa - Diviner, predictor of future events

Exu, eldest son of Yemanja

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