Cristianne Rodrigues
Curator

Brazilian fervor

José BASSIT

2014

Hôtel de Ville, Paris

With the series “Yemanja, the Lady of the Waters” and “Faithful Images”, José Bassit documents precisely the religious traditions of Brazil.

Yemanja, the lady of the waters
Candomblé, a religion intermingling with many African rites, is present throughout Brazil, although it is officially practiced by less than 1% of the population. Beyond religious beliefs, the colorful universe of candomblé is one of the main sources of music, dances and flavors of Brazil.
In Yoruba mythology, Yemanja is the mother of all deities, called orishas. Each orisha is associated with an element or manifestation of nature: Shango with lightning, Oshun with fresh water, Yemanja with the sea.

Faithful images
In the sertão, a mythical territory located in the Northeast, which has always been hit by merciless droughts, a popular Catholicism fusing Christian doctrine with indigenous beliefs is practiced with great fervor. His pilgrimages, his processions, his vows and his rituals were captured by the singular gaze of José Bassit.

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