Devils and Whores, Murderers and Thieves, Gypsies and Sorcerers. These are the ‘Good People’ of Quimbanda, the spirits of earth and fire that stir lust and desire, grant luck and vengeance, and protect those who serve them. Statues and iron tridents covered in palm oil and blood, the air thick with tobacco and the smell of cachaça and gunpowder in the air- what *is* Quimbanda?
Quimbanda is a spiritual system born in and because of Brazil itself: a child of West African magic and world-view mixed with Indigenous plant and spirit lore and some glossings of European witchcraft and sorcery. Originally a possession cult focusing on spirit contact and pragmatic workings, it has become a complex system incorporated into Umbanda and some lineages of Candomble, as well as surviving as its own practice. It has gained increasing popularity in the past few years due to material now available in English, but initiates are few and far between here in the States.
Drawing from his knowledge and experience as a Tata Quimbanda, Hathaway Diaz will explore the worldview and spirits of Quimbanda, going into the various Exus and Pomba Giras that find their home here at the crossroads of Fire. We will discuss its history and influences, and the nature and qualities of the Seven Kingdoms and how to approach them. We will discuss the importance of possession and divination, and showcase a few workings of traditional Quimbanda- everything from love and binding spells to protective and aggressive magics. Finally we will look at the day to day of the terreiro (temple) and as well as the tools, technologies, and initiatic rituals of this rich magical system.
After the lecture, for those interested there will be a brief 'session' where songs will be sung, spirits called and offerings presented to the Exus and Pomba Giras. Please feel free to bring offerings of alcohol (cachaça, rum, and gin) and tobacco (cigars and cigarettes), as well as flowers (red roses or anything red or white).
Don’t miss this rare look into this fascinating system!
$20 presale, $25 at the door.
Jesse Hathaway Diaz is a folklorist, diviner, artist and performer living in New York City. He is a Tatá Quimbanda of the Cabula Mavambo Ngobodi Nzila, a traditional house of Quimbanda de raiz located in Minas Gerais. He returns to Brazil often for further study and to spend time with his Tatá and his elders. With initiations in several forms of witchcraft from both Europe and the Americas, he is also a lifelong student of Mexican Curanderismo, and an initiated olosha in the Lucumí orisha tradition. He is half of www.wolf-and-goat.com, a store specializing in occult art, esoterica and materia magica from many traditions including Traditional Craft and Quimbanda.