Thursday, February 2, 2012

Canto de Iemanjá

Iemanjá, lemanjá
lemanjá é dona Janaína que vem
Iemanjá, Iemanjá
lemanjá é muita tristeza que vem
Vem do luar no céu
Vem do luar
No mar coberto de flor, meu bem
De Iemanjá
De lemanjá a cantar o amor
E a se mirar
Na lua triste no céu, meu bem
Triste no mar
Se você quiser amar
Se você quiser amor
Vem comigo a Salvador
Para ouvir lemanjá
A cantar, na maré que vai
E na maré que vem
Do fim, mais do fim, do mar
Bem mais além
Bem mais além
Do que o fim do mar
Bem mais além

Vinicios de Moraes

The goddess is known as Yemanjá, Iemanjá or Janaína in Brazilian
Candomblé and Umbanda religions.
The Umbanda religion worships Iemanjá as one of the seven orixás of the African Pantheon. She is the Queen of the Ocean, the patron deity of the fishermen and the survivors of shipwrecks, the feminine principle of creation and the spirit of moonlight. A syncretism happens between the catholic Nossa Senhora dos Navegantes (Our Lady of the Seafaring) and the orixá Iemanjá of the African Mithology. Sometimes, a feast can honor both.
In Salvador, Bahia, Iemanjá is celebrated by Candomblé on the very same day consecrated by the Catholic Church to Our Lady of Seafaring (Nossa Senhora dos Navegantes).

Every February 2, thousands of people line up at dawn
to leave their offerings at her shrine in Rio Vermelho.

Gifts for Iemanjá usually include flowers 
and objects of female vanity 
(perfume, jewelry, combs, lipsticks, mirrors).
These are gathered in large baskets and taken out to the sea 
by local fishermen. 
Afterwards a massive street party ensues.

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