Afro-Brazilian

Brazilian Candomblé and Umbanda

Brazil’s Atlantic coast from Belém do Pará in the north to Rio de Janeiro in the south is an Afro-Atlantic civilization, built and animated by its African-descended majority. While most of this massive region’s inhabitants are also Roman Catholic, many also practice African-inspired religions, such as Candomblé, centered in the city of Salvador da Bahia, and Umbanda, centered in Rio de Janeiro. These are religions of song, dance, prayer and healing. Animal sacrifice is an indispensable feature of Candomblé but not of Umbanda.

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