O Negro Religioso

Song Lyrics

O Negro Religioso

Dentro de casa tem seu gonga

O Negro Religioso

Dentro de casa tem seu gonga

Porém desde o cativeira

Mudou de nome o seu Orixá

E assim dona Janaína é Nossa Senhora da Conceicão

Oxum e das Candeias

Oxóssi é São Sebastião

São Lázaro é Omolu

São Jorge é Ogum

Santana é Nanâ

E assim São Bartolomeu é Oxumaré

So Pedro é Xangó

Obá é Joana D’arc

Pai Oxalá é Nosso Senhor

English Translation

The Religious Black

Inside the house there is a gong

The Religious Black

Inside the house there is a gong

But since captivity

Your Orixá changed its name

And so Dona Janaína is Our Lady of the Conception

Oxum and Candeias

Oxóssi is Saint Sebastian

Saint Lazarus is Omolu

Saint George is Ogum

Saint Anne is Nanâ

And so Saint Bartholomew is Oxumaré

So Pedro is Xangó

Obá is Joana D’arc

Father Oxalá is Our Lord

History and sentiment behind song

Song about slaves who brought their African beliefs in spirits and magic to Brazil. While the slaves outwardly worshipped under the Catholic faith, they covertly carried on their religious beliefs since slave owners prohibited slaves from practising their African form of worship.

Orixás worship, is common in Brazil, there is a calendar celebration for all the gods, which generally coincide with the Catholic celebrations of Lent, Advent, Easter and the days of Saints John, Peter, Paul, Lazarus, Cosmos and Damian, Anthony, Sebastian, George, and All Souls' Day, and Immaculate Conception.

The song refers to Ogum, which is associated with Saint George the dragon-slayer, he is the god of steel and lives deep in the forest his colours vary but always include the red of blood. His symbol is the sword and other wrought iron tools.

Oxalá at the end of the song refers to the creator God in Candomblé (African religion),