Salvador Bahia Brazil A N.A.D.O.H.E. Delegation - Explorations In Race, Culture & Education
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December 27th - January 4th - 2017 (9 days)
Fun in the Brazilian Sun. The tour offers in-depth learning of African history and culture of Brazil from the educational system and racial equality, dance, religion and music. And there's more! Concerts, a full-day cruise of the Bay & networking mixers are included. TO REGISTER, CLICK HERE
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Documentary Celebrates Women Who Lead Bahia's Once Secret Afro Brazilian Religion
Perhaps no New World religion has been as misunderstood as the syncretic spiritualities brought across the Atlantic by West African slaves and preserved by their descendants into the present day. Vehemently condemned as witchcraft and satanism by mainstream faiths, religions like Santería, Palo Monte, Voodoo, and Candomblé continue to be shrouded in mystery, misunderstanding, and prejudice throughout Latin America and beyond. But when U.S. filmmaker Donna Roberts began familiarizing herself with the culture and religious practices of Bahia, Brazil, she was stunned to find a vibrant, ancestral spiritual community where women and elders are held up as leaders, and the natural world is revered and protected.
With a dual formation as an environmental advocate and a television film producer, Roberts eventually decided to turn 10-plus years of engagement with spiritual communities in Bahia into a one-hour documentary. The result, entitled Yemanjá in reference to the female Orixa associated with the sea, is an exploration of Candomblé practice in Brazil from its origins as a secret slave religion to its present as both a strong faith community and a receptacle of ancient wisdom. Along the way, Roberts gives special attention to Candomblé’s reverence for the environment, its use of often neglected medicinal plants, and its harmonious integration of the spiritual and natural worlds.
In light of the film’s recent premiere at New York’s City College Center for the Arts, as part of the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute’s “Trade/itions: Transatlantic Orisha Sacred Traditions,” we chatted with Roberts about spirituality, saudade, and always bringing an open heart.