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





Life sized Umbanda Exu (Eshu)



Next: Inside Rio de Janeiro


Denise Oliver-Velez