American Pictures/ Bill Leimbach
Ceará state. Forms of the Afro religion Candomblé are practised
in many parts of Brazil especially along the coast where most of the original
slaves settled after they gained their freedom. Their belief in spirits - orixás
has permeated into many communities and here in the northeast of Brasil an Umbanda
group make offerings to lemanjá the Goddess of the Sea. Umbanda
has elements of Candomblé, Catholicism and other religions.