Thursday, August 12, 2004

Photo of Ogum: Lord of War

This is Ogum (in the catholic religion Saint George). He is the lord of war. Very strong entity which I love! I hope one day he blesses me with his presence.

This picture shows the arrival of Ogum on Earth.


Photo of Caboclo

Caboclos are spirits that present themselves as old indians; so their knowledge concerning everything that comes from the Nature is overwhelming. They work with lots of herbs.
Their arrival on Earth is beautiful and very strong. If you have never seen it, you should. The energy shared during a misa for Caboclo is amazing! Beautiful entities.


Photo of Preto-Velho: another classic image - Vovo Joaquim


Photo of Preto-Velho: a very classic one

This image reminds me the old Temple I used to go with my parents. The mediums used to wear white pants and a totally grey or black and white shirt. Beautiful rituals! I miss it dearly.


Photo of Preto Velho 2 - a colorful one!

This photo was found on a website for the Umbanda in Miami temple. They are no longer online. Too bad! It was a beautiful website. Some temples like to wear colorful clothes. I am not sure why, but I will find it out and post here!


Photo of Preto Velho: Pai Antonio

Pretos-velhos are one of the most beautiful spirits to come down to earth to help us with their knowledge, patience and kindness. I love Pretos-velhos so much I am going to post some photos of mediums incorporated. You will notice how the medium's body bends forward, showing how heavy the Preto-velho works on the body. This is the sign of the elderly! I hope you enjoy it.


Photo of Exu Pilao Deitado


WHAT IS UMBANDA?

This short article was found on umbanda.org website.

"The word Umbanda is a sacred term from Abanheenga language, spoken by members belonging to the Tupy Lineage. Contrary to what many may think this word has not been brought by the African slaves. In fact, its usage has been found in Afro-Amerindian cults only after 1934. Before then only a few roots were recognised in Asia and Africa, although without the mearming of a Knowledge System based on the synthetic understanding of Philosophy, Science, Art and Religion.

The term Umbanda considered "Lost Word" was disclosed by Spirits, members of the Brotherhood of Ancestral Spirits. These spirits are Beings that have not incarnated for a long time as they reached a high level of development, however they honour Umbanda temples by coming down to bring the Light of Knowledge on behalf of Oxalá - Jesus Christ. They use medium power of incarnate beings formely committed as means for their manifestation.

The parts that make up the word Umbanda are respectively: AUM -BAN - DAN.

Their translation can be verified using the Adamic or Vattanic alphabets revealed to the Ocident by Marquis Alexandre Sant-Yves d’Alveydre, in his work "THE ARQUEOMETER".

AUM means "THE SUPREME DIVINITY"
BAN means "SET OR SYSTEM"
DAN means "RULE or LAW"

The UNION of the parts or AUMBANDAN means "THE SET OF DIVINE LAWS".

Therefore, AUMBANDAN or SET OF DIVINE LAWS is a COSMIC PROTO-SYNTHESIS, the generating principles of the Universe called WISDOM and DIVINE LOVE. It’s gets to Human Beings as a SCIENTIFIC AND RELIGIOUS PROTO-SYNTHESIS which retains and gives origin to the four pillars of human knowledge, named PHILOSOPHY, SCIENCE, ART and RELIGION.

According to the explanation above we understand that Umbanda is the patrimony of the Highly Developed Spiritual Beings that govern the Planet Earth, the Human Beings incarnate or desincarnate are the heirs of this Only-Knowledge. However the acquisition of this cosmic knowledge depends on the conditions and prerequisites that the person should have to enable him to understand the scope and meaning of this patrimony. He should also be able to take part effectively in the Planet development advance as a spirit of wide horizons and cosmic awareness."