So i have heard from one of my Brazilian colleagues that a Candomble priest, who refused to desecrate his shrines has been murdered by Christians. Álisson (pictured below) stood fast in devotion to the Orixa and was butchered in the name of Jesus. We should remember his example when we face our own challenges in life, and to living as devout polytheists. This man was willing to die for devotion to his Powers. We should approach our own spiritual obstacles with that kind of courage and fortitude rather than fence-sitting with respect to our Gods. We should also remember this glimpse of the true face of monotheism.
For those who aren’t up to translating, apparently there have been several cases in Brazil of evangelical Christian drug traffickers … yes, you read that rightly…forcing devout Candomble practitioners to desecrate and destroy their shrines and temples, in the name of Jesus of course.
A monotheist is a monotheist wherever you go.
Here is a petition that I am going to ask my readers to please consider signing. Google translate takes the Yoruba word “Esu,” the name for the Deity of the Crossroads, and renders it in english as “devil”. um. no.
Not only is this inaccurate but it’s borderline religious discrimination. Hundreds of thousands of practitioners of the African Traditional Religions around the world pay homage to Him. We need about 298 more signatures (at the time that I’m posting this here). Please consider signing.
The petition is here.