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Candomblé and Initiation

Candomblé, like Yorùbá or Fon religions, is an initiate religion.  There is a Yorùbá well-known saying/chant that expresses it perfectly: “darkness covers his eyes, the non-initiated must not know the secrets of the cult”. We can now understand that Candomblé is a religion based on two human concepts: secret and knowledge. Both of those concepts...

Candomblé and Nature

The relation between Candomblé and Nature is the nature of Candomblé itself. The African cultures up which Candomblé built their structures are deeply connected to the cult of Nature forces. All the Gods, like the Yorùbá Òrìsà, are related to a natural aspect or domain. For instance, Òsun is the Goddess of Òsun river in...

The Foundation of Candomblé

For the less fluent in afro-Brazilian traditions, Candomblé is the religion developed by the African slaves in Brazil, congregated many religious forms. There is no doubt that Candomblé rises from the slave trade. During the 18th and 19th centuries thousand of Yorùbá and Ewe-Fon slaves arrived to Bahia from the Slave Coast. That period is...

Ìrántí Ijìyà / Memory

The slave trade was, undeniable, the most heinous attack to humankind in the history of humanity. However, the memory of the suffering (ìrántí ijìyà) does not start with the slave ships, in plantations or senzalas. The memory of the suffering has started with the Islamic invasions and Christian missions. The northern invasions played by the...

About CPCY

The Portuguese Community of Yoruba Candomblé (CPCY) is the first African and Afro-Brazilian non-Christian religious community officially recognized by the Portuguese government (2010). The present community comes as result of a long bureaucratic process of recognition of Yorùbá and Jeje-Nagô traditions as equal as Jewish, Islamic, Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, ones. The official recognition is expressed...