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Yorùbán Religious Survival in Brazilian Candomblé


Kasey Qynn Dolin

Virginia Commonwealth University
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Candomblé is a possession religion widely practiced in Brazil today. This Afro-Brazilian religion is syncretic, a mingling of the pantheon, practices, and beliefs brought to the New World by Yorùbán slaves and freedmen with the Catholicism of the dominant European culture. Candomblé is one of many New World religions finding its roots in African beliefs. In Brazil alone, we find a multitude, including Xangô, Umbanda, and Macumba. Other African-based religions, such as Haitian Vodun, Bahamian Obea, and Cuban Santeria have made a home for themselves in various areas of the United States, most notably Florida, New York, and California (Voeks 1997).

How to Cite: Dolin, K.Q., (2007). Yorùbán Religious Survival in Brazilian Candomblé. Middle Atlantic Review of Latin American Studies. 15(1), pp.69–82. DOI:
Published on 01 Jan 2007.
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