O Negro Religioso

Category: Ladainhas

Lyrics, Translations, Music Video and Song Meaning

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Song Lyrics

00:27 - O Negro Religioso

Eng: The Religious Black

00:32 - Dentro de casa tem seu gonga

Eng: Inside the house there is a gong

00:39 - O Negro Religioso

Eng: The Religious Black

00:44 - Dentro de casa tem seu gonga

Eng: Inside the house there is a gong

00:49 - Porém desde o cativeira

Eng: But since captivity

00:52 - Mudou de nome o seu Orixá

Eng: Your Orixá changed its name

00:58 - E assim dona Janaína é Nossa Senhora da Conceicão

Eng: And so Dona Janaína is Our Lady of the Conception

01:06 - Oxum e das Candeias

Eng: Oxum and Candeias

01:09 - Oxóssi é São Sebastião

Eng: Oxóssi is Saint Sebastian

01:16 - São Lázaro é Omolu

Eng: Saint Lazarus is Omolu

01:18 - São Jorge é Ogum

Eng: Saint George is Ogum

01:20 - Santana é Nanâ

Eng: Saint Anne is Nanâ

01:27 - E assim São Bartolomeu é Oxumaré

Eng: And so Saint Bartholomew is Oxumaré

01:31 - So Pedro é Xangó

Eng: So Pedro is Xangó

01:34 - Obá é Joana D’arc

Eng: Obá is Joana D’arc

01:38 - Pai Oxalá é Nosso Senhor

Eng: 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),

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