Black Spirituality Religion : An ATR's legacy in Brazil

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  1. Sekhemu

    Sekhemu Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Candomble, An African Spiritual Legacy of Brazil

    Candomble is an Afro-Brazilian spiritual belief system that developled in the cities and plantations of northeastern brazil, specifically in the state known as Bahia in the late 18th century and early 19th century, incidentally, practioners of the religion were prohibited from doing so in public, or private as recent as the early half the the 20th century.

    Created by enslaved Africans and their descendants, its roots are in ancient societies of West, Central and Soutwest Africa. Among these, the Dahomey empire(present day Benin); the Yoruba Kingdoms of Oyo, Ketu and Oshogbo; the Kongo and Angola Nations. In addition to the Africans origins of Candomble, there are Amerindian and Catholic elements which reflect influences of the colonial society in which the religion came into being

    Fundamentally, Candomble is a religion of balance and reciprocity which places great emphasis, in its rituals and it its cosmology, on the interconnectedness of all forms of life. HUman beings are not seperated from the elements of the NATURAL universe. All in nature is related.

    Candomble is also a "religion" of RESISTANCE (Hear that sistahs). During the period of slavery Candomble was one of the most important means that Afro-Brazilians created to maintain their deepest level of humanity, in spite of their deplorable position as slaves in Brazilian colonial, and post colonial society. In the present day the religion continues to serve as a way to cultivate profound connections to ancestral traditions, to sacred energies known as Orixas(orishas) and to positive meanings of blackness in the midst of an often painfully racist society.

    Additionally, Candomble is also a "religion" of creativity and healing. As in the African and Indigenous Native American traditions from which it emerged, illness in Candomble is understood in the larger, holistic context of physical, psychological, spiritual environmental and social forces. For healing to occur, often multiple elements of disease or imbalance must be addressed. For example, a person suffering from debilitating headaches may be in need of a cure that addresses her/his spiritual state as well as physical discomfort. Generally speaking, some form of divination is used to determine the source of any illness and the proper route to its remedy. Plants and herbal medicine are key components of healing in Candomble. Leaves and bark, seeds flowers are also essential to rituals of cleansing, initiation, and other ordinary as well as extraodinary rites in the "religion". In fact, there is a popular saying in Brazil, "If there are no plants. there is no candomble." (looks like someone has managed to kill two birds with one stone by chopping down the amazon). This indicates the importance of the natural environment of the EFFECTIVE conduct of devotion and healing in the "religion"

    More to come
  2. cherryblossom

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