Initiation Into Candomble: Introduction to African-Brazilian Religion
CandomblÃ© is an African-Brazilian religion that has over two million adherents throughout Brazil, but also in the Americas and in Europe. Despite the popularity of CandomblÃ©, many people still confuse the religion with a cult, or perceive it as part of other religions, such as Spiritualism, Umbanda, or even non-orthodox Catholicism. CandomblÃ© is an independent religion with a composite philosophical base derived from a number African cultures, and has its own corpus of orally-transmitted texts, ancient rituals, and organic lifestyle. Initiation into CandomblÃ© takes the reader through the foundational ideas and practices of this composite religion, guided by an author who is not only a scholar but also a practitioner of CandomblÃ©.