Yabás photo editorial strikes back against intolerance of Afro-Brazilian religion candomblé through art

December 2, 2016

Religious intolerance comes in many forms and is present in every country on this beautifully terrible planet. While the United States reckons with its own gruesome examples of Islamaphobia, in Brazil, a quiet revolution is growing in opposition to the treatment of those who follow candomblé. Candomblé is a religion inherited from Yoruba religion of Nigeria, in which orishas are the deities, who represent the various elements of the earth and personalities that exist upon it. Thaís Muniz of is an art director and conception artist committed to fighting back against this intolerance through art. Pictured below are her representations of female energy through the lens of the orishas and other feminine spirits in the Brazilian mythological canon. Witness their strength, power, beauty, and colorful expression as an extension of their deity. Peep the flicks below!

By T. McLendon, AFROPUNK Contributor

Photography and editing: Le Visual, Valentina Alvarez, David González, Larissa Lima
Models: Adrienne Hayley Dayes, Sallay Garnet Loah, Alessandra Azevedo
Styling: Thaís Muniz, Rafaela Maia
Production: Larissa Lima, Gisla Maia
Make up: V. Studio by Tiffany Sue Thutty Dezidério