Omoloco Spiritual Tent

Intangible Cultural Heritage - Miguel Pereira


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The history of Maria Conga do Rosário e Ilê D'Omulú Spiritual Tent (a "terreiro", an outdoor area where African origin religious practices take place) began with the desperate search of a mother for the healing of her child. Wagner Paulino da Silva was two and a half years old when physicians pronounced him incurable. Célia Almeida Faria, who had frequented Umbanda centers since she was 16, found out that he was a child of "Obaluaiê" and that, therefore, he needed to follow the rituals (in Candonblé/Umbanda religions, "Obaluaiê" is the praise name of the spirit of the Earth and strongly associated with infectious disease, and healing, an Orisha representing the deity Olorun on Earth). 

Célia also found out she was a child of "Omulu" (Orisha Omolu, the god of smallpox and other diseases), and decided to follow the rituals as well. With devotion to the deities of death and disease, she believed she had saved her son's life, which, in turn, made her practice another religion, "Omoloco", a mixture of Umbanda and "Candomblé". An educator, teacher, hairdresser, and massage therapist, Célia is a child of "Omulu" and "Yansã" and in Umbanda, she "incorporates" Maria Conga do Rosário (a spirit). In her Umbanda "terreiro", where Wagner is an "ogã" (player of conga drums), there are 12 "filhos de santo" (people linked to the deities which perform the rituals).

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