Brazil: Devotees celebrate sea goddess at annual Festival of Iemanja

Followers of the Afro-Brazilian religious tradition of Candomble gathered at the Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro on Monday to celebrate their goddess of the sea Iemanja. Footage shows devotees offer prayers, flowers and gifts. «We come to thank [the goddess] for everything: health, peace, employment, joy, faith, everything we need to be able to live,» Cristina de Iansa, a spiritual guide... Еще. The Festival of Iemanja is held across Brazil every year with spectacular events on the edge of the ocean. The goddess is believed to protect sailors and fishermen. It is also believed to be concerned with every aspect of womanhood, fertility and family.

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