Festa de Reis
Project info

All photos were taken in the colonial city of Cachoeira, state of Bahia, Brazil. This is the largest community of slave descendants in Brazil and also the largest community of the African-Brazilian religion, Candomblé.

In times of slavery, there was a great repression by the catholic landlords towards slave’s African cults. This repression originated the religious syncretism between Catholic and African religions as a way of the slave population maintaining their beliefs and culture.

This project documents African slave descendants, member of Candomblé religion, celebrating the “Three Kings Day” ceremony, a Catholic tradition that tells the journey of the three Kings from the East to visit Jesus after his birth.