Variant of Macumba, a syncretic Afro-Brazilian religion most prominent in the Brazilian state of Bahia. Incorporating elements of Roman Catholicism, Candomblé is the most African of the Afro-Brazilian sects. Its deities, called orixás, have distinct personalities (often capricious) and are associated with occupations, colours, days of the week, and natural phenomena. Rituals include animal sacrifice, spirit offerings, and dances. See also Macumba; vodun.

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