Brazil Religion and Mysticism
Brazil is one of the main religious tourism destinations in Latin America and the world, as it has a great diversity of religions, among which there are great acceptance and tolerance.
Its population is mostly Catholic by Portuguese heritage, although religious customs were also obtained from Afro-Brazilian peoples. Afro-Brazilian religions, the woven syncretism of Christian, Afro-Brazilian and indigenous elements, represent another relevant creation of popular culture. Especially important is the civilizing contribution of the Afro religions (Nagô, Candomblé, Umbanda, and others) who here, from their own African headquarters, worked out a rich syncretism. From the nineteenth century, spiritualism began to assume great importance in the country.
Many practitioners of Afro-Brazilian religions, as well as some spiritualists, are called Catholics and follow these church rites. This kind of social tolerance for syncretism is a peculiar historical structure of the country's various religions.
The main destinations are:
Belém - Para
Made the "Candle of Nazareth", which occurs on the second Sunday of October and is one of the largest religious events in the world.
Juazeiro do Norte - Ceará
It has great religious importance for the father "Cicero Romão Batista". The municipality receives more than 2.5 million faithful per year, mainly during the month of November.
Nova Trento - Santa Catarina
Religious tourism in "Nova Trento" exploded after the canonization of Mother Paulina, became the main attraction of the southern region of the country. On May 30, a pilgrimage of 30 km is held, linking the shrine of Nossa Senhora do Bom Socorro and Santa Paulina.
Bonfim Wash - Salvador
The procession takes place in January, is a party that mobilizes millions of believers, supporters, and tourists 264 years ago. The "Bonfim Church" is one of the most visited in Brazil, for its mysticism and cultural importance.
Iemanjá Festival - Salvador
The Iemanjá Festival is part of the celebrations of the Afro-Brazilian calendar, being Iemanjá a goddess of African origin. Her name means "mother whose children are fish". She is considered the water goddess, mother of several other orishas (African gods). In Brazil, it is also known as Janaína, Iara, Sirena del Mar, Reina del Mar, among other names. The party in the Rio Vermelho neighborhood, in front of the Salvador sea, is considered the largest public religious manifestation of candomblé in the state and is one of the most beautiful and popular.
Ouro Preto - Minas Gerais
It houses imposing buildings from the colonial period, has imposing churches. Religious tourism is highly valued in the state of mining.
Aparecida - São Paulo
The city that appeared in the interior of São Paulo, is one of the main destinations of religious pilgrimage in Latin America, called fuel as the capital of faith. During the October 12 holiday, many worshipers walk to their knees 392 meters from the footbridge as a thank you or a pledge of promise.
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