Im here to introduce you the brazilian magic, the Quimbanda.
Quimbanda is an african-Brazilian cult with strong Bantu influence very influenced by european black magic.
-The Quimbanda’s Egregore:
Within the Brazilian territory there is a huge cultural diversity, the result of miscegenation, immigration,
migration and local manners. The Quimbanda, being hybrid, is not homogeneous in all regions. A large plurality of
names and designations of Exus and Pombas Giras are found in the houses of Quimbanda from Brazil and some
countries in South America which develops the cult. The regionalism (myths, legends and folklore) names the same
emanation with different names, but if these spirits are properly analyzed and compared, we find similarity in acts, mannerisms and way of magical acting. There is no right or wrong in such cases, because each place feeds the emanations in a particular way.
Though each House / Temple / Shrine of Quimbanda follows the evolutionary path determined by its leaders. As there are different people, obviously there are different cults. For this reason, the Quimbanda eventually becomes broad and open to spiritual alchemy. This does not mean that the cult is a “circus of invention” nor an irresponsible practice. The “reading” and structure adopted by each adept leader receives influence from all practices which it acquired in its evolutionary journey.
Under the vision of more conservative adepts, the Quimbanda practiced nowadays dethroned many features of their origins because of adopting methods and fundaments which flees the original conception, however, before we applaud the same “conservationist discourse”, we must understand four main concepts: Gnosis, Wisdom, Evolution and Religious Practice.
Gnosis, a word derived from the Greek Γνωσις (gnosis) knowledge. The word is rich in interpretations, however, can be summarized as follows: “Gnosis is the knowledge arising from the sensitivity of the communion of internal experiences that leverage the” revelations "coming from own astral and remove man’s ignorance and blindness that Material vessel (body), as well as all material forces produce. "
Wisdom, word derived from the Greek Σοφία, “sofía”, can be synthesized as a sum of intelligence, patience and prudence. A wise man is one who performs acts with full support from his experience knowing how to respect other people’s opinions.
The Evolution governs the changes and amendments (in broad sense) of a population cycle of generations. Are thechanges occurred gradually over time.
4 ° Religious Practice
The Religious Practice is the theoretical and philosophical content of the “sacred” and the ritualistic execution, esoteric and exoteric practice of religions and cults.
The four concepts mentioned above gives support throughout the search of the “Supreme Truth”. The “Gnosis” means
that each individual has their own conception and individualize their understanding, applying it respectfully in an evolutionary way and not stagnant. This is the primordial concept of “Eshu”, the principle of individualized existence, dynamism and of construction, as well as a “Okotô” snail symbolizes evolutionary continuity in regular rhythm. Therefore, Quimbanda, like all religions and cults, did not escape of the evolutionary flames imposed by the inner search of the adepts and of the own spirits.
Nowadays, the vortices of Quimbanda absorbed much knowledge about Ceremonial Magick, Goetia, demonology, Draconian Magic, Kabbalah, “Luciferianism”, Mineralogy, Herbology, among numerous sources of knowledge implied in such segments. This provided the spirits that make up the Legions and Kingdoms of Quimbanda as well as the adepts, a development towards a broader evolutionary path. In another aspect, the vortices also opened to the beings who developed their paths in other egregores. The legions increased, knowledges merged, and consequently Quimbanda became much more powerful and wide.
Egregore can symbolize the aura of a place where there are group meetings as well as the aura of a working group of persistent and intense work that seeks to improve the creation of forces through specific mental currents and rituals performed in truly spiritual and esoteric temples. When this egregore is directed mistakenly, the psychmental creations turn into authentic monsters that are to pursue its own creators as well as whose which frequents these temples. The word “egregore” is derived from the Greek “egregorien” whose meaning is summarized in a condensed energy created from an assembly of identical thoughts and capable to generate, condense and progressively feed an entity/force. As an egregore accumulates energy from various frequencies, the more powerful the individual, the more force it will be lending to the egregore for it to incorporate the others ones.
Knowers of this major premise, many powerful sorcerers, witches and mages were attracted to the cult of Quimbanda, eager to merge new energy sources. Such merges openened mighty portals making that certain links and stereotypes were modified. Today, the Eshu which works in the lines of Quimbanda has more complex foundations,ceasing to be the marginalized figure and crowning himself “King”, knower of secret and esoteric Gnosis.
-The Spirits, Legions, Realms.
Exu-Egún or Exu Catiço:
The word “Eshu” is the linguistic origin of the Yoruba’s word: “ESU”. Within the Nago’s religious cults, which involves the Ebora, the Orixás/Orishas(deities) and all the Irúmmmale; ESU is the driving generationg force , constructive, dynamic of all beings that exist. Perforce, ESU participates in all, for without your ASÉ/AXÉ/ASHE,
there wouldnt beexpansion, either, individualized life. Therefore, ESU is the own development, transmution, growth, and communication of the beings.
The symbolism of ESU is huge, as its legends and myths. We can say that Esu is the result of fusion of water and earth, the dynamic power (+) and receptive (-), masculine and feminine, white blood and red blood.
When the Kimbandas(African Healer/Priest) and Ngangas(Sorcerers)crossed the Atlantic Ocean (Great Kalunga), they
brought the cult of Esu to the Brazilian territory. As stated in previous texts, manners, culturalinteractions and syncretism made the worship of Esu take different routes and the name Esu (adapted to Exu/Eshu) also became a title for the disembodied spirits(spirits of the dead) which manifested itselves in evolutionary paths two paths and of “Left Hand” in the “new” rituals. These disembodied spirits were classified as “Exus-Egúns” or Exus “Catiços”.
Before entering in the labyrinths of the “Exu” concept, it is necessary to understand the “Egún” concept. The word “Egún”, also derived from the people of Nago and Yoruba language, possess a plurality of applications, however, a more appropriate definition is “ancestor”. According to Nagôs the Primal EGUNS are responsible for the ancestry of men. This conception deifies the ancients, giving them the status of makers of the history of men, however, it doesnt fit us to discuss the genesis of the theogony of african religions. EGUNS are the spirits of deceased persons, even if the same have not been initiated into the paths of African religions. When people are initiated in African religions, they become object of cult and reverence. The male ancestral spirits are called “Egúnguns” and female ancestors are “Iya-àgbà-” or “Iyá-mi”.
As previously mentioned, when a human dies, it becomes an Egún. The EGUNS are classified as following:
1 - Transitory Spirits;
2 - Wandering and lost Spirits;
3 - Revolted and angry Spirits
4 - Obsessing spirits.
The Transitory Egúns are good followers of their religious backgrounds that when they die, they do not carry with them existential doubts and spiritual pendencies. The possible disappointments and frustrations are resolved in a more brand way and the referral to more appropriate spiritual plane is not slow. Due to its balanced energies, they become the object of longing and family cult on specific days.
The lost and wandering Eguns are spirits that when they die, are loaded with frustrations, disappointments and traumas which trap them in very strong psych mazes. They wander around the crossroads in search of answers and sometimes do not understand that they transposed the Material Vessel. They live on the astral plane in apathetic and submissive states and are not the object of desire of more denser spiritual currents, however, are used for certain obscure purposes. They remain in this stage for a long time, until they find the inner strength to enlighten them to seek support from Forwarder People.
The revolted and angry Egúns are spirits that departed from matter with some sort of revolt. Not completely obscure, but are attracted by justificar/vigilante spirits currents. How they still have remnants of their
religious and morals, are indoctrinated and can follow two different paths: Going through a portal through the Crossing of Souls or integrate the body of any Legion or People of Exu.
The obsessors Egúns are departed spirits from matter with strong impulses for revenge. They do not conform with the events and try to complete all forms impulses that had while alive. Are fierce, rebellious and all religious and moral formation which they had while they were alive are dredged by the obscuring of their astral bodies. When they have the black flame within them, they become object of desire of the currents of Exu, however, when it was only obscured by the behavioral failures and lack of emotional control, are easily integrated into a group of Kiumbas.
The angry, revolted and obsessive Egúns are the base materials that makes up the Legions of Exu and PombaGira(Female). After being recruited by the legions, are indoctrinated and trained by the People Chiefs and can compose the spirituality of another human being.
They are attracted to the Kingdoms by the vibrations that they carry in the astral, thus, in the spiritual planes, the Law of Attraction is fundamental to the formation of the Kingdoms of Exu.
The term “Catiço” can be understood as a synonym for smartness. In a deeper analysis, “Catiço” is also a popularterm to define either hyperactive children, as people with bad character. “Catiço” is another word of the same root that can help clarify other aspects, after all, its meaning is similar to “mandinga”, “evil eye” and bad luck. So, “Catiços” spirit are the smart disembodied, quick, active, with sweetness and evil when needed and have the energy of the mandinga/mandinka, of the spell of good luck and bad luck.
Exus-Egúns or Exus Catiços manifest themselves through evocations and invocations. When invoked from the astral plans, they can incorporate/ride in certain people who have proper faculties added to a high perceptive degree.
Such people are called “mediums”, intermediaries which regulates energy discharge between its dense matters and the spiritual body of deceased beings.