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ONLINE EXPERIENCE

Ancient Deities of Brazil's Candomblé

Salvador, BrazilPart of Airbnb Online Experiences collection

Online experience hosted by Jen

90 mins
Up to 10 people. Private groups available for up to 15
Join from your computer, phone, or tablet
Hosted in English, Portuguese

What you'll do

The dieties, or Orixás, of Candomblé play a prominent role in the culture of Brazil. From the food to the music to the dance to the world-famous carnival, Candomblé is ever-present. To not understand Candomblé is to not truly understand Brazil.

Candomblé started in the sugar cane fields of Bahia, Brazil and we’ll be joining you from the capital of Bahia — Salvador. Our guide in this cultural journey is a Candomblé alabé (head musician) with more than 20 years experience inside the religion.

Together we’ll explore:
* The three primary lineages of Candomblé in Bahia and its sister religions around the world
* The primary Orixás present in Bahia’s Candomblé — their roles and what they signify
* The fascinating synchronism between Candomblé and Catholicism
* The influence of Candomblé on Salvador’s Carnaval — the afoxés, afro blocos, and “street candomblé"
* The role of music and dance in Candomblé

You can’t have Candomblé without music — at least not when the head musician is involved — so we’ll spend about half of our time exploring three rhythms of three different Orixás: Oxum, Oxóssi, and Xangô. You’ll learn a basic rhythm for each Orixá, and maybe even a related song and dance. No instruments, no problem. The Brazilian way is to make do with what you have nearby. If you have a percussive instrument that’s great — but a tabletop, shoe box, or even your hands will work great
Other things to note
You don't need to bring anything other than your curiosity. If you have an instrument, it's great to have it handy -- but we actually expect that you will not. We want everyone to feel welcomed, and you ARE welcome, so the rhythms are simple and dancing and singing is optional.
The dieties, or Orixás, of Candomblé play a prominent role in the culture of Brazil. From the food to the music to the dance to the world-famous carnival, Candomblé is ever-present. To not understand Candomblé is to not truly understand Brazil.

Candomblé started in the sugar cane fields of Bahia, Brazil and we’ll be joining you from the capital of Bahia — Salvador. Our guide in this cultural journey is a Candomblé alabé (head musician)…

How to participate

  • Join a video call
    Use Zoom to participate on your desktop or mobile device. After you book you’ll receive an email with a link and details on how to join.
  • Book a private group
    Jen can host private groups of any size, up to 15 guests. Private group rates start at $110.
  • Request availability
    Can’t find a date that works? Jen can schedule and customise an experience based on your preferences.

What to bring

  • If you have a percussive instrument, bring it. Otherwise, your hands, a box, or a tabletop will do nicely.
From $22
/ person
Sat, 5 Dec
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm (EST)
$22 per person
$22 per person
Sat, 5 Dec
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm (EST)
$22 per person
$22 per person
Sun, 6 Dec
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm (EST)
$22 per person
$22 per person

Meet your host, Jen

Host on Airbnb since 2014
  • 4 Reviews
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We are Jen and Bira — a husband and wife team from Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, and the founders of Salvador Guidebook, a travel concierge service focused on helping visitors to Salvador, Brazil experience our amazing city through the eyes of a local.

Bira is an internationally-recognized music professor, specializing in the rhythms of Candomblé. He is also the son of a mãe-de-santo (head priestess), has been a part of Candomblé for more than 20 years, and is the alabé (head musician) of the terreiro Ilê Axé Omim J’Oba. Bira is the musical director at the Diaspora Cultural Center in Salvador’s historic center and leads its carnival group, Afoxé Aryalogum.

I (Jen) moved to Salvador in 2015 and regularly attend Candomblé ceremonies with Bira. I share Bira’s passion for Salvador and unlocking the mysteries of this amazing city and culture.
We are Jen and Bira — a husband and wife team from Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, and the founders of Salvador Guidebook, a travel concierge service focused on helping visitors to Salvador, Brazil experience our amazing city through the eyes of a local.

Bira is an internationally-recognized music professor, specializing in the rhythms of Candomblé. He is also the son of a mãe-de-santo (head priestess), has been a part of Candomblé for more than 20 years, and is the alabé (head musician) of…
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Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 4 reviews.

Alpha
November 2020
This is a brilliant experience! Not only do you get to learn and appreciate about something completely new (at least to me), you get to practice some singalong and embrace a wonderful culture! I would highly recommend this trip, the two are absolutely lovely and accomodating hosts
This is a brilliant experience! Not only do you get to learn and appreciate about something completely new (at least to me), you get to practice some singalong and embrace a wonder…
Amelia
November 2020
My nephew and I took this experience and really enjoyed it. Bira is a wealth of knowledge coming from the Candomblé tradition, and Jen's excitement and passion really come through the screen. Definitely an informative and immersive experience into Candomblé, from throughout history to how it shapes daily life in Bahia. Highly recommend taking this fun trip to Brazil from your own home!
My nephew and I took this experience and really enjoyed it. Bira is a wealth of knowledge coming from the Candomblé tradition, and Jen's excitement and passion really come through…
Cee
October 2020
This was a fascinating introduction to a religion I didn't know anything about. It was a great mix of photos, music, stories and links to popular culture. Jen was a super host for the experience and Bira her partner was an excellent musician. We did this as a birthday present for my grandmother who lives in a different part of the country and is very musical and we were all on the zoom call together - it was very special.
This was a fascinating introduction to a religion I didn't know anything about. It was a great mix of photos, music, stories and links to popular culture. Jen was a super host for…
Steven
October 2020
A very good presentation about a religion I had no knowledge of.

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

You’ll need an internet connection and the ability to stream audio and video to participate. A link and details on how to join will be included in your booking confirmation email.