"FOLK RELIGION" Brazil Local Custom Tip by swesn

Brazil Local Customs: 174 reviews and 153 photos

When the Catholic priests attempted to convert the Indians and African slaves, they did not achieve full success. The Indians and African slaves developed their own form of folk Catholicism, using elements of their Indian practices and African gods with similar properties to represent the things taught to them about Catholicism.

For example, African gods or ?orixas? like Oxala, Iemanja, Ogun, Xango are represented respectively by Jesus Christ, Virgin Mary, Saint Anthony and Saint George.

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

Was this review helpful?

  • Written Jun 14, 2003
  • Send to a Friend
  • Add to your Trip Planner
  • Report Abuse



“Every second of every day you're faced with a decision that can change your life - make it!”

Online Now


Top 1,000 Travel Writer
Member Rank:
0 0 6 6 8

Have you been to Brazil?

  Share Your Travels