His Royal Majesty, Òbà Adeyinka Adeshina Obawale, the Olu-Oje Onpetu of Gadumo, arrived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on September 6th for the Olu Oje cultural festival organized by the Yorùbás of Brazil.

In Rio de Janeiro, Yorùbá people are referred to as “Mina,” while in Brazil 🇧🇷 as a whole, they are known as “Nagô.” In Cuba, they are called “Lucumi.” It is worth noting that Brazilian historians João José Reis and Beatriz Galloti Mamigonian have thoroughly studied and analyzed the significant role played by the Yorùbá people, who were commonly categorized as “Nagô” in Bahia and “Mina” in Rio de Janeiro.

Exploring their lived experiences and the continuation of such practices as scarification, known as abaja, religious beliefs such as Islam and Candomblé, and their own forms of social organization in marketing goods, they show how traditions derived from Yorùbáland were transformed and refashioned in Brazil.

In the nineteenth century, the Nagô ethnic identity became well-known and feared in Brazil, particularly in Bahia, due to the active participation and leadership of the Yorùbá people in numerous slave rebellions, most notably the Malê Revolt of 1835.

By @ThinkYoruba_1st

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