Unformatted text preview: hundreds of orisa, and their importance varies with location. Worshipers often devote themselves primarily to one orisa. egungun – ancestors, in a more general sense – not deified. Dancers are masked. ashe – life force. Human beings, orisa, ancestors all have ashe, and while it is a general life force, within an individual, also represents their specific life force. syncretism – the blending of two disparate forms (in this case, religions) to produce a new, hybrid form. Candomblé – Brazilian form of Yoruban traditional religion, syncretized with Catholicism and elements of traditional religion of Bakongo peoples terreiro – called a “house,” the open space (indoor or outdoor) of worship in Candomblé. A Candomblé “house” can also refer to the community of worshipers. Santeria – Yoruban traditional religion in Cuba...
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- Spring '11
- West Africa, Yoruban traditional religion, African Dance Lectures