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Candomble: The African-Brazilian Dance in Honor of Yoruba gods

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Candomblé (meaning dance in honor of the gods) is a religion found primarily in Brazil with a number of elements derived from African cultures (Mostly Yoruba). It not only incorporates some religious aspects of Yoruba, Bantu, and Fon African societies, but it gradually integrated some characteristics of Catholicism as well. . Although Candomblé does not have Holy Scriptures, the moving oral tradition has remained quite strong since its formation.

Candomble: The African-Brazilian Dance in Honor of Yoruba Gods

Here are some facts about Candomble: The African-Brazilian Dance in Honor of Yoruba gods.

1. Candomblé developed in a creolization of traditional Yoruba, Fon, and Bantu beliefs brought from West and Central Africa by enslaved captives in the Portuguese Empire.

2. Between 1549 and 1888, the religion developed in Brazil, influenced by the knowledge of enslaved African priests who continued to teach their mythology, their culture, and language despite warnings from the westerners.

3. Practitioners of Candomblé believe in a Supreme Creator called Oludumaré , who is served by lesser deities, which are called Orishas. Every practitioner is believed to have their own tutelary orisha, which controls his or her destiny and acts as a protector

4. As an oral tradition , it does not have holy
scriptures. .

5. Music and dance are important parts of Candomblé ceremonies, since the dances enable worshippers to become possessed by the orishas.

Candomble: The African-Brazilian Dance in Honor of Yoruba Gods

6. In the rituals, participants make offerings from the
mineral, vegetable , and animal kingdoms. Candomblé does not include the duality of good and evil; each person is required to fulfill his or her destiny to the fullest, regardless of what that is.

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7. Candomblé was condemned by the Catholic Church. Followers of the faith were persecuted violently, including by government-led public campaigns and police action. With Catholicism as the state religion, other religious practices threatened the secular authority.

8. The persecution stopped in the 1970s with repeal of a law requiring police permission to hold public religious ceremonies. The religion has surged in popularity in Brazil since then, with as many as two million people professing to follow this faith.

Candomble: The African-Brazilian Dance in Honor of Yoruba Gods

9. Candomblé practitioners believe that every person has their own tutelary deity which controls his or her destiny and acts as a protector. Each deity represents a certain force in nature and is associated with certain foods, colors, animals, and days of the week.

10. Candomblé does not include the duality of a concept of good opposed to evil. Each person is required only to fulfil his or her destiny to the fullest in order to live a ‘good’ life, regardless of what that destiny is. This is not a free ticket to do whatever the practitioner wants, though. Candomblé teaches that any evil a person causes to others will return to the first person eventually.

Sources: Wikipedia, Nairaland

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