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Candomblé

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Along the Atlantic coast, from the Amazonian rain forests to the border to Uruguay, we were able to discover remnants of African religions. But with its Candomblés *), Bahia remains their holy city...

Since the early sixteenth century, the Bantu blacks were strongly represented in Bahia. They were followed here by masses of Africans from Dahomey and from the Yoruba territory, whose god-worshipping rituals were models for ethnic members living in Bahia.

The Candomblés belong to various groups of people, and who call themselves 'nations' here: Angola or Congo, Nago, Ketu, and Ijesha. These nations can be distinguished one from the other by their drumming practices and musicians, by their ritual dress and the language of their songs, and by the names of their deities.

From: Roger Bastide, Le Candomblé de Bahia. Paris/Den Haag 1958

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Candomblé Cosme

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Candomblé Opo Afonja

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Candomblé Joaozinho Da Gomea

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Candomblé Opo Aganju