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Posted on: November 8th, 2018 by Luis Fragoso | No Comments


Oil on Canvas – 18″ x 18″
October, 2014


Candomblé has its roots in various African belief systems, but its modern incarnation is a direct result of enslaved Africans who carried their beliefs and superstitions with them when shipped to Brazil, starting in the 16th century. The mixing of different African beliefs, specifically those of the Yoruba, Fon and Bantu, their adaptation to circumstances in the new world, and certain incorporations of Catholicism, resulted in what we today acknowledge as the Afro-Brazilian religion Candomblé.

In this painting I symbolically represent the unique blend of slavery, religion and animistic myth that manifests itself during Candomblé ceremonies, where priests are possessed by spirits known as Orishas, often in the form of animals.

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