The Pretos Velhos


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The Pretos Velhos

The Pretos Velhos watch over a selection of African beads with Yemanjá in the background. These African beads are associated with each of the major orixás in the Candomblé and Umbanda traditions. These necklaces, worn by initiates, keep the ancient colors, patterns and numerology of the sect. Practitioners usually wear them discreetly under their clothes, a reminder of the days when African practices were criminalized and punishable by law.


This file appears in: Palácio das Velas