Book Illustrates the Life of Babalorixa Balbino Daniel de Paula

This book highlights the life of babalorixá (high priest) Balbino Daniel de Paula, from Salvador, Bahia.  In his youth and adulthood, there have been so many important episodes, difficulties, revelations and significant figures that it would take several books to cover every detail of his life’s trajectory. Even so, a group of writers and photographers has taken up the challenge of telling his story in a single volume. This task was even more complex because to speak of Balbino’s life also means talking about the worship of eguns on Itaparica Island, about the Daniel de Paula family, about faith in the orixás, about Ilê Axé Opô Afonjá, Mãe Senhora, friends like Pierre Verger, and Ilê Axé Opô Aganju. Therefore, it also involves recounting some of the struggles and victories of people of African descent in Brazil and the ways they have found to stay alive and proud.

The book is beautifully illustrated, with images of religious ceremonies, Orixás dress, and daily life in a candomblé terreiro. 

Obarayi: Babalorixá Balbino Daniel de Paula / text by Agnes Machado and Aline Queiroz; photography by Dada Jacques... et al. Salvador: Barabo, 2009.




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