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The strength and gratitude of being reborn to the Orixá

Record made in the intimacy of a "Yaô" of Oxum (Orixá) in his religious initiation. The name "Yaô" is given to beginners in the Brazilian religion called "Candomblé". The process of initiation into religion is composed of a series of reserved rituals and a public celebration. In this celebration "Yaô" enters into a trance and incorporates its Orixá.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 08.2018
Date Uploaded: 11.2019
Photo Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Camera: Canon EOS REBEL T5i
Copyright: © Carolina Merat