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Orisha Shopping in Rio

The largest shopping mall in the world for  Candomble, Umbanda and other Afro-Brazilian religious supplies is located in Rio.  Known as the Madureira,

it is a mall filled with shops offering everything you could possibly need for a terreiro or Umbanda house, and more.

Ogan Carlos drove us to the Madureira, and I was overwhelmed by the array of items in each small shop.  Carlos took us to a shop where he knew the owner and we could get a discount.  Every single available space in the shop was crammed with goods - from the floor - to things hanging from the ceiling.

 

Soperas (soup tureens) for female Orishas

 

 

 

 

Saints and Serpents

 

Ades

 

 

Life sized Umbanda Exu (Eshu)

 

 

Next: Inside Rio de Janeiro

 

Denise Oliver-Velez