Marcelina da Silva: A Nineteenth-Century Candomblé Priestess in Bahia1

@article{Castillo2010MarcelinaDS,
  title={Marcelina da Silva: A Nineteenth-Century Candombl{\'e} Priestess in Bahia1},
  author={Lisa Earl Castillo and L. N. Par{\'e}s},
  journal={Slavery \& Abolition},
  year={2010},
  volume={31},
  pages={1 - 27}
}
According to Afro-Brazilian oral tradition, the Casa Branca terreiro, one of the oldest in Bahia, was founded after a voyage to Africa undertaken by two early priestesses, African freedwomen Marcelina da Silva and Iyá Nassô. Until now, there has been very little historical evidence to clarify the lives of these two women or to support (or discredit) their legendary trip. The present paper presents newly uncovered data tracing Marcelina's life history, from her early experiences as a slave in… Expand
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