Sisterhood of Boa Morte in Bahia, Brazil melds Catholicism and Candomblé
Posted: November 8, 2013 - 2:02pm
The Sisterhood of Our Lady of the Good Death, or Boa Morte, in Bahia is comprised of Afro-Brazilian women who practice a combination of Catholicism and Candomblé, a religion with roots in the African slave trade.
Easter Sunday procession in Ouro Preto, Brazil recreates salvation history
Posted: September 3, 2013 - 9:50am
Ouro Preto culminates its Holy Week observances with a 6 a.m. Mass at St. Francis of Assisi and a procession along the 1 km route covered that decorated the night before in beautiful tapete, or sawdust carpets.
Tapetes: Building sawdust carpets for Easter procession in Brazil
Posted: September 3, 2013 - 9:47am
In the late night and morning hours after Saturday night’s Easter Vigil, townspeople decorate the cobblestone streets with a tapete, or carpet, of colored wood shavings to mark the hilly, one kilometer route for the next morning's Easter procession.
Youth in Ouro Preto, Brazil perform passion play Holy Saturday
Posted: September 3, 2013 - 9:39am
On the steps of Santa Efigênia, the church built on a separate hill by Chico Rey and other former slaves, a youth group gathered in the rain to perform the passion story.
Popular Good Friday services held outdoors in Ouro Preto, Brazil
Posted: September 3, 2013 - 9:35am
Good Friday’s commemorations return to Our Lady of Sorrows early in the day for preaching on the seven last words of Christ. Evening services take place before a much larger audience in front of St. Francis Church.
Holy Week's biggest crowds show for washing of feet on Thursday
Posted: September 3, 2013 - 9:34am
The largest crowd by far gathers for the ceremony of the washing of the feet, which takes place on a big stage set up in front of St. Francis Church in Ouro Preto.
Ouro Preto, Brazil marks Holy Week with daily processions, events
Posted: September 3, 2013 - 9:27am
With 13 baroque churches, colonial architecture, and lush, steep terrain, Ouro Preto is a gem of a town, well known for its Holy Week observances, featuring no fewer than eight processions and special activities.
Charismatic practice draws half of Brazilian Catholics
Posted: August 29, 2013 - 2:30pm
The popularity of Pentecostalism has not only caused an exodus of Catholics, but also reshaped Catholicism with the introduction of charismatic practice. Today, one half of Brazilian Catholics are charismatic.
Introduction: Portuguese and African foundations, Charismatic turn
Posted: August 29, 2013 - 2:16pm
In some ways Brazilian Catholicism is marked by a variety of forms of religious spectacle. Yet as one of the birthplaces and centers of liberation theology, Brazil is equally home to less spectacular but no less influential forms of Catholicism.
Chinese cultural beliefs on death and afterlife prevail in Hong Kong
Posted: July 23, 2013 - 1:39pm
"Deities, ancestors and ghosts live in an invisible supernatural world which coexists with the natural world, allowing spirits to be closely involved in human matters."