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Candomblé Ketu

This nation of Candomblé began in Salvador da Baía. Some princesses came from Oyó and Ketu, in Africa, as slaves, and founded a worship place in a sugarcane plantation. Then they started meeting a place called Barroquinha where they founded a community of Jeje-Nagô (Jejê means foreign). In the beginning of the nineteenth century, African ethnic groups were separated by brotherhoods of the Catholic Church in the region of Salvador da Baía. Yorubá were among the slaves that belonged to Nagôs’s group.


Candomblé Ketu was gathered in Salvador. After moving from Barroquinha to Engenho Velho, it was named Ilê Axé Iyá Nassô, better known as Casa Branca do Engenho Velho. This was the first house of nation Ketu in Brazil, where Yalorixás came from to found Ilê Axé Opô Afonjá and Ilê Iya Omin Axé Iyamassé, the worship place of Gantois.


The ritual of a house of Candomblé Ketu is different from the other houses. The sacred language used in Ketu rituals derives from Yorubá or Nagô language. The beat of atabaques [Candomblé drums], the songs and colors used by the Orixás try to be faithful to the teaching of African women that founded the first houses: they reproduce their rituals, prayers, myths, songs, food, feasts and these trainings are transmitted until today.

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