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Sacred space in Brazil park

By Maria Pia Palermo

Aderbal Ashogun, a priest in the Afro-Brazilian religion called candomble, claps his hands three times and says a prayer before putting out a candle left at the foot of a tree in Rio de Janeiro’s Tijuca Forest. The forest is the world’s biggest park inside a city, covering an area the size of 4,000 soccer fields and lies amid Rio’s upscale districts, posh villas as well as “favela” slums.

Enthusiasts are converting part of it into an area of worship called the Sacred Space which welcomes followers of Afro-Brazilian, druidic, shamanic and many other cults. But offerings to deities of food, liquor, knickknacks and candles left by devotees often leave the ground more polluted than a rock concert.

Read the original article at: Reuters

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