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Of the candomblé to the Ibilé: the Reafricanization of a Paulist yard

Grant number: 12/22273-6
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): January 01, 2013
Effective date (End): December 31, 2013
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Anthropology - Anthropology of Afro-Brazilian Populations
Principal Investigator:Vagner Gonçalves da Silva
Grantee:Bruna Amaro dos Santos
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


This research will seek to investigate the process of reafricanization or "iorubanização" (adoption of rituals according to models of Yoruba tradition collected directly at the sites of their practice in Africa) of Ile Axe Ode Lorecy yard, located in Embu, in metropolitan São Paulo, led by father-of-saint Leo of Logun Ede, São Paulo priest that although initiated in Candomblé traveled several times to Africa, where he underwent rituals dedicated to Ifa, the chief oracle of divination in Yoruba tradition. This community adopts a spatial organization, liturgy and rites strongly influenced by the Yoruba worldview even denying that there practicing Candomblé. The father-of-saint prefers to call his cult of "ibilé", a term which, according to him, means the African religion of the earth (nature), ie the worship of deities. The yard is currently gathering information to your request along with tipping Condephaat (Council for the Protection of Historical, Archaeological, Artistic and Touristic) of the state of São Paulo. We chose this community for this research because of the rich material that can be raised and then analyzed on relations between african-Brazilian religion (Candomblé) and African traditions, designed mainly from the effort reafricanization, construction of identity and assertion of belonging to a tradition. (AU)