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Brazilians honor sea goddess in Rio de Janeiro.

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The faithful carry offerings for Yemanja, goddess of the sea, during a ceremony that is part of traditional New Year's celebrations on Copacabana beac...
A faithful gestures after carrying a boat into the water filled with offerings for Yemanja, goddess of the sea, during a ceremony that is part of trad...
A man prays as he holds necklaces, as symbols of protection, during a ceremony for Yemanja, goddess of the sea, that is part of traditional New Year's...
A man prays as he holds necklaces, as symbols of protection, during a ceremony for Yemanja, goddess of the sea, that is part of traditional New Year's...
People pray in front of the statue of Yemanja, goddess of the sea, during a traditional New Year's celebrations on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro,...
A small statue of Yemanja, goddess of the sea, is seen on the sand during a ceremony that is part of traditional New Year's celebrations on Copacabana...
People carry small-scaled boats filled with flowers into the waters of Copacabana beach as an offering for Yemanja, goddess of the sea on Copacabana b...
A faithful carries flowers as an offering for Yemanja, goddess of the sea, during a ceremony that is part of traditional New Year's celebrations on Co...
A faithful carries flowers as an offering for Yemanja, goddess of the sea, during a ceremony that is part of traditional New Year's celebrations on Co...
A woman in a trance hugs a faithful during a ceremony for Yemanja, goddess of the sea, that is part of traditional New Year's celebrations on Copacaba...
A man sends a basket with a doll into the waters of Copacabana beach as an offering for Yemanja, goddess of the sea, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday...
A faithful carries a boat filled with offerings for Yemanja, goddess of the sea, during a ceremony that is part of traditional New Year's celebrations...
A faithful carries a boat filled with offerings for Yemanja, goddess of the sea, during a ceremony that is part of traditional New Year's celebrations...
A faithful carries a small-scaled boat filled with offerings for Yemanja, goddess of the sea, during a ceremony that is part of traditional New Year's...
A faithful sends into the waters a small-scaled boat filled with offerings for Yemanja, goddess of the sea, during a ceremony that is part of traditio...
A faithful prays for Yemanja, goddess of the sea, during a ceremony that is part of traditional New Year's celebrations on Copacabana beach, in Rio de...

The faithful carry offerings for Yemanja, goddess of the sea, during a ceremony that is part of traditional New Year's celebrations on Copacabana beac...

A faithful gestures after carrying a boat into the water filled with offerings for Yemanja, goddess of the sea, during a ceremony that is part of trad...

A man prays as he holds necklaces, as symbols of protection, during a ceremony for Yemanja, goddess of the sea, that is part of traditional New Year's...

A man prays as he holds necklaces, as symbols of protection, during a ceremony for Yemanja, goddess of the sea, that is part of traditional New Year's...

People pray in front of the statue of Yemanja, goddess of the sea, during a traditional New Year's celebrations on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro,...

A small statue of Yemanja, goddess of the sea, is seen on the sand during a ceremony that is part of traditional New Year's celebrations on Copacabana...

People carry small-scaled boats filled with flowers into the waters of Copacabana beach as an offering for Yemanja, goddess of the sea on Copacabana b...

A faithful carries flowers as an offering for Yemanja, goddess of the sea, during a ceremony that is part of traditional New Year's celebrations on Co...

A faithful carries flowers as an offering for Yemanja, goddess of the sea, during a ceremony that is part of traditional New Year's celebrations on Co...

A woman in a trance hugs a faithful during a ceremony for Yemanja, goddess of the sea, that is part of traditional New Year's celebrations on Copacaba...

A man sends a basket with a doll into the waters of Copacabana beach as an offering for Yemanja, goddess of the sea, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday...

A faithful carries a boat filled with offerings for Yemanja, goddess of the sea, during a ceremony that is part of traditional New Year's celebrations...

A faithful carries a boat filled with offerings for Yemanja, goddess of the sea, during a ceremony that is part of traditional New Year's celebrations...

A faithful carries a small-scaled boat filled with offerings for Yemanja, goddess of the sea, during a ceremony that is part of traditional New Year's...

A faithful sends into the waters a small-scaled boat filled with offerings for Yemanja, goddess of the sea, during a ceremony that is part of traditio...

A faithful prays for Yemanja, goddess of the sea, during a ceremony that is part of traditional New Year's celebrations on Copacabana beach, in Rio de...

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Hundreds of practitioners of Brazil's Afro-Brazilian Candomble and Umbanda faiths have gathered at Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana beach to honor the sea goddess Yemanja in a traditional New Year tribute.

A large statue of the goddess in flowing white and blue robes was carried by truck to the beach on Friday.

Worshippers were mostly dressed in white as they launched their offerings to Yemanja: small boats with flowers and bowls with candles and fruits. Night-long music and dancing follow the offerings.

Candomble was brought to Brazil by West African slaves at the beginning of the 19th centuries. Umbanda is an Afro-Brazilian religion that blends African traditions with Roman Catholicism and indigenous American beliefs.


Updated : 2021-01-16 02:44 GMT+08:00