Candomble and Umbanda Declared Not Religions by Brazilian Judge!

According to a decision by a Brazilian judge on April 28, 2014, Candomble and Umbanda are not to be legally considered religions in Brazil anymore. We have entered the 21st century, but prejudice and oppression are as alive as they ever were. [Read more...]

Pomba Gira and Mary Magdalene: Sacred Whores for the Holiday!

Nothing like a sacred whore to celebrate the holy season, so today I’m writing about two of the most famous ever, Pomba Gira and Mary Magdalene. Neo-Pagans in general seem to have a special affinity for both of these women, probably because they are real, they have sex, they help people, they don’t make excuses. [Read more...]

Yemaya Shines Her Beauty on New Year’s Eve!

New Year’s is a time for huge ceremonies in the Brazilian traditions of Umbanda and Candomble. It is a time for pilgrimages and journeys to the sea to honor this Orixa or goddess.The immense celebrations that occur here are truly a sight to behold. People craft elaborate rafts and small boats on which they float their lavish offerings out to the sea. [Read more...]


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