This week we look at Pomba Gira, sometimes a single term for a powerful female spirit, at other times the title of a group of spirits. A spirit with many avatars, most notably Maria Molambo (Maria of the Trash), Pomba Gira is a highly sexualized and sometimes dangerous female figure in the Afro-Brazilian rituals of both Umbanda and Quimbanda. We look at her origins in powerful African earth mothers, and her role as a power figure for the oppressed.
Music: Adaptation of “Secret Door” by Anastasia Vronski, [CC 4.0]
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