Candomble is an Afro-Brazilian religion based on the worship of Yoruba deities, practiced in Brazil, especially in the state of Bahia.

Candomble practitioners sometimes fall into trances during ceremonies believing they have become possessed by gods, or orixas. The roots of the Candomble religion came to Brazil via African slaves and eventually incorporated some elements of Catholicism. Some believers have faced persecution in Brazil and ceremonies are often conducted privately.

Enjoy these photos from a Candomble ceremony held  on January 24, 2016 in Itaborai, Brazil.

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A ceremonial candle is lit during a Candomble ceremony on January 24, 2016 in Itaborai, Brazil.

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A worshipper is led beneath a sheet

 

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A worshipper (C) is overcome

 

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A worshipper is dressed a deity

 

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Worshippers gather

 

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Worshippers gather as the moon shines above

 

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Worshippers lie on the floor

 

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A worshipper lights fireworks

 

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Worshippers gather

 

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Worshippers gather

 

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A worshipper dances

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Worshippers lie on the floor

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