Salve Brazil!: From Spiritism to Umbanda, Candomble, Quimbanda

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Caroline Dow

Caroline Dow

Caroline Dow holds a Ph.D. in Luso-Brazilian Studies, is a former Fulbright Fellow to Brazil, professor at Brown and Pittsburgh universities, and current intercultural trainer and assessor. She has authored 15 books on Wicca, Magick, Brazilian traditions, and mystery novels. As a Wiccan High Priestess and Ceremonial Magician, she brings an unique perspective to the study of Brazilian folk traditions.

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Well, I’m finally getting more or less accustomed to the new system on the new computer. Still a lot to get used to, and I’m afraid it is slowing me down.

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Hi Everyone!

I've just switched computers and am checking to see if this blog actually posts. If it does, expect a new blog from me by the weekend. Salve!

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Sorry I've been a bit remiss with my blogs. Crazy times, as with everyone. But I've decided to definitely continue on. I'm hoping to write somewhat shorter blogs, but with more frequency. So, here I go:

Since the season of Brazilian Carnaval is upon us, I thought I might spend the next few sessions discussing the history and meaning of this tradition. Wait, you say! Aren't you supposed to be blogging about Brazilian folk religions? Well, yes I am. And you really cannot separate the Carnaval celebration from the Afro-Brazilian religions. The music played, the rhythms, the instruments, the dances, the costumes, and more all cross over into the Brazilian religions. So bear with me while I talk about the history, what Carnaval is like today, the Samba Schools. and the story of the parades. After that, I'll talk about various instruments and their functions both in the celebration of Carnaval and in the religion. Besides, this stuff is interesting and will give you a more in-depth picture of Brazil and Brazilians (at least I hope it will).

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Hello again. Hope everyone is having a fine Memorial Day weekend. I’m spending mine between weeding, running and working at the computer.

 

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  • Caroline Dow
    Caroline Dow says #
    Thank you for reading and commenting on my blog, Jamie. Alas, I only have time to blog once a month, but I try to pack in a lot of
  • Jamie
    Jamie says #
    Thank you for sharing your knowledge! While my own religious beliefs lean toward Hellenistic Platonist Paganism, I make it my bus

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b2ap3_thumbnail_carolcloisters.JPGHello Everyone!

You haven’t heard from me for a while because I have been in New York City. While I was there, I visited with my agent, and now have a new book contract. The book is called THE HEALING POWER OF TEA and will be published by Llewellyn Worldwide. It is the follow-up book to my TEA LEAF READING FOR BEGINNERS. I’m so excited to write it, but at the same time it means a lot of work and writing to deadline. I will try to include some Brazilian recipes in the book.

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Today I would like to complete the information I have to give you on Yemanjá, the sea goddess. As I have mentioned, each orixá is associated with different aspects of the natural world, in the same way as the planets in Ceremonial Magick have correspondences. In the mineral kingdom, Yemanjá is associated with aquamarines, diamonds, pearls, silver, and sapphires. You can always substitute a necklace made of shells.

I gave you some ritual meal offerings last time. Here let me add white corn mixed with virgin olive oil or honey, white hen and duck, she-goat stew, mullet simmered in olive oil and seaweed, sardines, shrimp, white rice, and papaya.

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  • Jenise
    Jenise says #
    Caroline, buenos dias. Your blogs are so insightful and have helped me tremendously in my worship of Yemaya. I want to thank you f

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Necklace-of-Yemanja.JPGb2ap3_thumbnail_Necklace-of-Yemanja.JPGI know it’s been almost a month since I’ve blogged. Things have been so super busy here, as they probably also are in yours and everybody’s lives. I was asked by my publisher to create an outline for a new book on tea to complement TEA LEAF READING FOR BEGINNERS, which has been rather successful. This book, if the acquisitions committee agrees to it, will be on tea and health. It hasn’t gone to the Vision Committee yet, but I’m keeping my fingers (and toes) crossed for a favorable outcome.

 

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  • Jenise
    Jenise says #
    Caroline, I like, very much, what you write about honoring Yemaja. I am a Wiccan Priestess and for years I have worked with the ce
  • Caroline Dow
    Caroline Dow says #
    Hi Jenise - We have similar backgrounds. I, too am a Wicca priestess and have worked with the Celtic pantheon for many years. But
  • Jenise
    Jenise says #
    Hi Caroline - it is always very interesting to me how people are thrown together - to learn and to share. I was wondering if you c

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