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Cowrie Shell: Its Mystic Power to Answer Questions Through the Orixas

Cowrie Shell: Its Mystic Power to Answer Questions Through the Orixas

buziosDivination systems have been around since time immemorial. From the I Ching to the Tarot, everyone who has a strong connection to Spirit somehow finds their way to one divination system or another. One such divination system that’s not very well-known to the rest of the world is the art of cowrie shell reading. This divination art is often found and associated with the Afro-Caribbean and Afro-Brazilian religions, one of which is Candomble, a religion founded in Brazil around the 19th century when the first terreiro, or temple, was first built. Read more

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The Soup Project is back

The Soup Project is back

The New Year started with an opening party for entity Exu Morcego which took place at our church on the 30th of January. It was a blessed event, a lot of positive energy. Now we are continuing with our projects for the upcoming year. Our main focus is to help people in need. We will continue with our soup project from February.

Soup project:

This February we will be continuing with our soup project in central London. I would like to stress that this project is currently being funded by us with the help of a few donations. This is not my project but a project belonging to all that care about others, if we have more than we need why not help those that do not have enough? I would also like to emphasize that this is a humanitarian project, not for profit and not for religious purposes. It is not our intention to use this as an opportunity to expand or advertise our religion.

Please feel free to volunteer and help even if you are not a member or a believer of our faith. These people sleep rough, in the cold, and without a permanent address they are not even entitled to receive benefits – they need our help. Let’s keep their hopes up by doing what we can. We welcome donations!

Thank you,
Priestess Mae Eja

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Ecological Corner

Ecological Corner

Hello everyone!

This week we will be discussing carbon footprint – what it is, how it’s measured and what we can do to reduce it.

Carbon Footprint is the term used to describe how much carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) are emitted into our atmosphere by a person, organisation, an event or group. These gases cause pollution which endangers our environment as well as our health.

How much emissions are produced by an individual or a household will depend mainly on how much electricity and gas you use at home; other factors will include waste disposal, how often you use a car, train, bus, etc, your diet.

Here is a link from the charity WWF which has a good calculator: http://footprint.wwf.org.uk/

After you have completed the questionnaire, your footprint will be displayed as well as tips on how to reduce it, and how you compare to others in the UK as well as the world.

It is very important to reduce our carbon dioxide emissions, and live a greener life. This will ensure our planet is safe for all creatures and it will also bring many benefits to our health.

Check back again next week for more information and tips on how to take care of our planet!
Axe

Vivian Carvalho

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OGAN

OGAN

Hello! hope everyone is well ! and we will continue with our explanation about Ogans, and how they are divided and they ” positions ” within a temple of Candombl

But that will happen only after all this learning process varies from person to person :

I will write some positions Tata Kambondo :

1. Tata Kisaba – Ogan responsible for the leaves.
2. Tata Kivanda – Ogan responsible for the killings, the sacrifices of Some kind of sacred animals . (even if Axogun ) .
3. Tata Muloji – Ogan preparer of spells with leaves and Cabacas .
4. Tata Mavambu – Ogan or saint ‘s son who takes care of (Exu) Eshu house (preferably male) ,

Next meeting , lets talk about each these positions.

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Ecology Corner

Ecology Corner

Welcome to your weekly ecological blog!
My name is Vivian, I am a member of Church of Candomble and I will be here every week, writing about nature and how we can do our part to preserve it. At Church of Candomble we worship the Orixas (nature gods) but the environment is something everyone should be concerned about.

Our topic this week is recycling. I know most households in the UK recycle and this makes a real difference in reducing landfills and protecting our environment.

However, a lot of items are missing the recycling bin and going in our regular bins as most people are not sure if these can be recycled or not:
1- Aerosol containers like deodorant sprays can be recycled; just make sure it is empty and put in the correct bin, depending on the material.
2- Batteries = Rechargeable batteries are better, but if buying disposable ones, do not dispose in regular bins as they contain toxic materials. Take them to your local recycling bank. Alternatively, retailers such as Boots and Poundland have recycling bins for batteries.
3- Junk mail is posted through our letter box daily. We throw it sometimes before even reading it, and forget to put in our paper recycling. Always remember to return to sender any mail that is not addressed to you, thus reducing your household waste.
4- Bathrooms have a lot of recycling potential, with shampoo bottles, toothpaste tubes, and empty tissue boxes and so on. Placing a recycling bin in your toilet ensures all these materials will be recycled and not wasted.
5- Wood, especially in small amounts almost always ends up in the bin. Most recycling banks will take any wooden item, including furniture. Check with your local bank.
6- DVDs and CDs can be taken to a charity shop if your local recycling bank cannot take them.

Here is a link to help you find your nearest recycling centre:
http://local.direct.gov.uk/LDGRedirect/index.jsp?LGSL=534&LGIL=8

Stay green!

Axe,

Vivian

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OGAN or KAMBONDO

OGAN or KAMBONDO

The player of drums is better known as “Ogan” withinin the Church of Camdomble!

I will talk about Candomble Bantu , or as it is commonly known, Candomble Angola .
In Candomble Angola, the “Ogan” is also known as: Kambondo

But to get to this level of Kambondo, the drummer goes through a learning process, each with their own duties and role. After going through this learning process, he will be called: Tata Kambondo.

What is a “Ogan” or Kambondo within the Candomble?

A: Ogan is a kind of male priest in charge of playing the “drums”
and singing to the Orixas.

But the “Ogan” is divided in various functions within the Church of Candomble.
We’ll be discussing Ogan OR Kambondo in more depth on our next conversation here on the site: Chuch of Candomble

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Make A Donation

Make A Donation

Church of Candomble has a lot of projects and needs your support.

Every Sunday we have a soup run in Central London where we collect food from local businesses, prepare the soup and give it to the homeless. Your donation will go towards food (only some foods are currently being donated), disposable cups and spoons and blankets.

We also have a christmas aid, where we will be sending gifts to children in orphanages and from low income homes in Brazil and Angola. Help us light up their Christmas, all donations will go towards the purchase of toys as well as getting these gifts safely to their destination.

Church of Candomble will use all donations towards these and other projects. If you would like to learn more or if you would like to volunteer please contact us at info@churchofcandomble.com

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Bombagira (Gypsy) Party

Bombagira (Gypsy) Party

Bombagira is a female entity who once lived amongst us. She manifests herself in the body of the medium to help everyone (man and woman) with issues in love, relationships and to help us attract a new partner. She can also help us stand out and feel more confident.

Bombagira (Gypsy) Party

An admission fee of £15 per person is required to attend (if purchased in advanced). On the door, admission will be charged at £20.
It will be a cocktail party, hors d’oeuvres and appetisers will be served with champagne. Dinner will be served afterwards.
Dress code: Cocktail (Dark colours only)

DINNER MENU

Raisin-vegetable Rice
Roast Chicken
Roast Beef
Mixed Salad
Farofa (cassava flour fried with butter and spices)
Dessert: Cake

Wine and soft drinks will be served.

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Cowrie Shell (Buzios)

Cowrie Shell (Buzios)

Cowrie Shell (Buzios) reading is the art of foretelling the future used by traditional African religions.
It is how us here on this plane can communicate with the Orixas (nature Gods). The shells can only be used by Babalorixas (priests) and Yalorixas (priestesses) to answer questions (like how to improve our lives, what is blocking our spiritual and material evolution, etc.)
as well as receive messages from the Orixas.

Mae Eja

*Readings by appointment only

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Mae Eja

Mae Eja

mae2Hello,

I am Mae Eja, Priestess and founder of Church of Candomble. This page gives everyone a chance to communicate with me directly, an opportunity for those who are interested in learning more about the Orixas and our fascinating religion, which embraces culture, history and tradition.

It is a beautiful religion, filled with secrets and customs inherited from our ancestors, with hierarchies and traditions passed down from father (mother) to sons (daughters).

I will discuss a lot of topics that are suitable for everyone, like how to transform your life with the help of the Orixas. I will write in a concise and objective way so everyone can grasp the wonderful world of Candomble. Each week I will be here explaining a little bit about the Orixas as well as our Candomble, Angola Nation.

If you have any queries our would like to discuss a topic in particular, please send your question or suggestion to info@churchofcandomble.com.

Mae Eja