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Candomble Brazilian Costume (3 piece)

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skirt: grass, twine headdress: grass, cowrie shells, twine
This Omolu vestment from Brazil would be worn by intiates into the Candomble religion, in celebrations honoring Omolu, the patron orisha of pestilence. The style derives from the legend of Omolu, who as a child was stricken with smallpox. After he was miraculously cured, he wore straw clothing such as this to hide the scars that remained. This vestment consists of a headdress, a skirt, and pants that are worn beneath the skirt. Dr. Turner observed candomble ceremonies honoring Omolu, and likely acquired this complete costume while he was in Bahia, Brazil in the early 1940s.
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