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Saturday, February 24

Umbanda and Candomblé Temples (Houses) in Foz do Iguaçu: address list

  Mission accomplished. Members of the  
Mãe Edna de Baru's (Mother Edna of Baru) house.

An Afro-Brazilian Religious Space may be called "temple", "center" (centro) as in Centro de Umbanda (Umbanda Center), "terreiro" - a word derived from "terra (Earth) and simply "house".  A "terreiro" can be an area in the bush that is separated for the service, the undergrowth is cleared, the soil swept so that feet can tap and stump on the ground without the danger of snakes, insects that could somehow cause harm to the people in ceremony. "We do not need a cathedral. Men make cathedral. The little corner in the capoeira (second growth forest around the house) is god-made and all we need".

Foz do Iguaçu is said to have 42 "houses". Each "house" is independent. There is no hierarchy. Houses do cooperate among them. Each house is presided over by a babalorisha (Babalorixá) or Yalorisha (Ialorixá). Babá means father and Ya (iá) is mother. Thus Babalorisha and Yalorisha means father and mother of Orisha. Commonly both are called pai (father) or mãe (mother) de santo (saint, orixa) in the sense that they take care and cater to the saints or Orishas.        

An adaptation from the Jackson Lima / Blog de Foz list of

Umbanda and Candomblé Temples in Foz do Iguaçu (Iguassu Falls Area)
How did this list begin? Se also Afrobrazilian Religious Dates and Holidays
Como esta lista começou? - in Portuguese only right now (Soon in English)

1) Templo de Oxum da Mãe Jô (Mother Jo's Oshun Temple)
The "saída" (exit) of a YAO - or initiation of a Mother Joe's House New Son
Templo de Oxum da Mãe Jô  - Rua David Cordeiro, 760, Jardim Panorama, Foz do Iguaçu, Phone (45) 3028   0649 / 9977 9996. This has been the first religious house that the author visited  right after having the idea of publishing this list. The temple is run by Mãe Jô (Mother Jo) and son and heir Natan Ferreira.  The picture above is from a 2013 presentation ceremony of a new religion member who had just come out of a 14-day isolation preparation and doctrination stay at the temple. 

Mother Marina Tunirê Caboclo Seven Laces Temple

2) Templo Caboclo Boiadeiro Sete Laços (Cowherder Caboclo Seven Laces Temple)
Founder is Yalorisha Tunirê Marina, Rua Batatais 412, Morumbi II, Foz do Iguaçu, (45) 525 1751. Mother Marina's Temple is close to the CAIC Morumbi Municipal School and the Escola-Bairro Social Center that serves the Morumbi neighborhood. Some of the open house events include:  1.  Oguns's Feijoada on June 6th or first Saturday after the date. Erê's Day (Feast to kids) on October 2. Caboclo Boiadeiro Sete Laços (The Seven-Lace Cowherder Caboclo* Party) on November 15th which falls on Republic Day. Mãe Marina Tuniré is very busy at the promotion of Afrobrazilian culture which includes the organization of the Afrouxé Music Club  and other initiatives. * (Caboclo is the person of mixed blood white and Ameridian blood. It also used to refer to Indians) 

3) Templo de Iansã (45) 3574 5850
Aşé Ilè Ìyà Ọmọ Mésam
Presided by Yalorisha Raquel de Inhançã
(Uma nota em português: este templo mudou de endereço - O blog solicita notícia para atualização, conhece o novo endereço?)

4) Mãe Carmem

Ilè Asé de Ogum
Rua Centenário, 538, Morumbi I, Fone 3578 4408*
Nota: o templo administra a Casa de Umbanda e Candomblé Axè dos Orixas. Rua Almirante Barroso, 2286, Centro

Procession of Yemonja presided over by Paraguayan-born Mother Amanda
Paraguayan-born Yà (mother) Amanda Villalba Vieira (Iá Du Amanda) and chief Adigun Eledumare (João Carlos Vieira - In memoriam) are tyhe fonders of this house located at Rua das Dálias, 261, Porto Meira (45) 35273026 ou 999126560. This center is organizes the Feast  and Ceremony of Yemonya that includes a car procession that leaves the ILE ASE IGA ODE headquarters as far as the bank of the Paraná River between Brazil and Paraguay at the Cataratas Yacht and Fishing Club. Depending on availability of boats a certain number of people will board boat a vessel heading to the meeting of the Iguassu and Paraná River waters. At the meeting of the rivers an offering is made to Yemonja.   

6) Ilé Alákétu Ijobá Asé 
Mãe Edna de Baru (Mother Edna of Baru)
Rua Dracena, 348, Jardim Canadá, Foz do Iguaçu. I will be back with more information and links to and about this house.  

Information being gathered on this two temples and their leaders
7) Juracema
8) Cabocla Jurema

9) Tenda Espírita Ogum Beira Mar e Iemanjá (Seaside Ogun and Yemonja Spirit Tent). Rua Presidente Tancredo Neves, 6101 - Jardim Itaipu, Foz do Iguaçu (45) 99900-2652

10) Mãe Aparecida de Omolu

Edificio España, Jardin Central, Ciudad del Este, Paraguay (In need of updating, hold on)

Light of Oshala Umbanda Center

11) Tenda de Umbanda Luz de Oxalá
(Light of Oshala Umbanda Center)
Rua Paris, 1.000, Beverly Falls Park
Foz do Iguaçu - Paraná CEP 85.858-100
(45) 9948 4874
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12) Templo de Umbanda Martim Pescador (Kingfisher Umbanda Temple)

Avenida Tancredo Neves, 6100, Conjunto B, Foz do Iguacu (Aguardando novo telefone) Feasts in this house:  Preto Velho (Old Blackman Feast - May 19th. Festa de Cosme e Damião (Saints Cosmas and Damian), September  29th. Feast to Eshu, november (To be confirmed). Saylor Kingfisher Feast on December 15th.

) Pai Idelmar de Oxun (Father Idelmar of Osun / Oshun)
Rua Campinas, 186, Jardim Petrópolis - (45) 3575 3877

14) Ilê Axé Loyó Tenan

Pai Cassiano Togun
Travessa Pinheiro, 51, Vila Adriana 1 (Barro Branco)
(45) 9145 4237 / 9834 2042 

15) Ilê Ase Igba Egunita Mege Temple

Yalorisa Leidy Ty Oyá
Rua da Cosmoética, 35, Cognópolis (Cognopolis is the name of this area / neighborhood (bairro) in the city of Foz do Iguaçu. Pay attention to the Rua's (street) name: Cosmoethics Street.     

16) Casa de Luz de Vovó Maria Conga (Grandma Maria Conga's House of Light) Chácara localizada no Arroio Dourado, Foz do Iguaçu /

17) Templo Umbandista Caboclo Xangô (Cabloco Shango Umbanda Temple)
Rua Bartolomeu de Gusmão, 2214-2280, Centro, Jardim Guarapuava / Centro próximo ao Mercado Faxinal (Close to the Faxinal Market)

18) Centro Espírita de Umbanda e Quimbanda Tenda Cigana do Oriente e Exú Veludo (Velvet Eshu Gypsy Tent of the East Umbanda and Kimbanda Center).  Yá Majída d'Oxum
Babá Gecivaldo de Oxalá
Rua Paraná 54, Jardim Itaipu  
Pioneer Grandma Benedita founded the Kingdom of Oshala Temple

19) Terreiro Reino de Oxalá (Kingdom of Oshala Temple)

Rua Jorge Samways, 69, Centro (downtown). This temple was founded by pioneer Yalorisha Benedita de Nanã also known as Vovó Benedita (Grandma Benedita) on February 2, 1976 on Yemonja's Day.  
Contacts: Facebook and cell (mobile) phones

(45) 999055786 (45) 999272994s 

Blogs and articles by Jackson Lima are meant to provide bias free information on all communities living in Foz do Iguaçu as an effort to help end all forms of prejudice  that leads to discrimination, intolerance and ignorance - in the sense of just “not knowing". 

Thursday, February 8

A Small Meditative Guide to the Foz do Iguaçu Chen Tien Buddhist Temple

In short: In this visit you will see statues representing:  

Three Buddhas

Four Boddhisattvas

Four Celestial Kings

Two Enlightened Children

Eighteen Arahats

Guardian Lions

Buddhism has three major world schools: Theravada, Virajayana and Mahayana. The Chen Tien Buddhist Temple of Foz do Iguaçu belongs to the Mahayana school of Buddhism, the one with great presence in China, Japan and other Asian countries. Within Mahayana Buddhism, the Chen Tien Buddhist Temple of Foz do Iguaçu belongs to the Pure Land Buddhism. Pure Land is a place created by the mind of Amitabha Buddha to whom the Temple is dedicated. The  Amitābha (Amitabha) also known as Amida  is a Heavenly Buddha, existing as an enlightened Being for many ages and many other world systems long before the appearance of Siddhartha Gautama, Buddha Sakhyamuni – the Historical Buddha who founded Buddhism in recent times (circa three thousand years). The mantra of Amitabha is Namo Amituofo in Chinese. In Japanese: Namu Amida Butsu. In Sanskrit Om Amithabada Hri!

Sunday, July 2

The 12th Cataratas Tourism Festival has just ended: will you come in 2018?

Official Grand Opening (Nilton Rolin / Itaipu)
This is just to share some memories and images of the 12th Cataratas Tourism Festival (Foz do Iguaçu Tourism Market ) that ended two days ago on Friday, 30th, 2017. By "Cataratas" organizers have intended to pinpoint The Iguassu Falls as the seat of the Tourism Festival held in the City of Foz do Iguaçu, from June 28 - 30. 
The Fair (NR)

Brazilian Minister of Tourism Marx Beltrão with Paraguayan Galoperas Jar Dancers (NR)
Foz do Iguaçu (Brazil) Puerto Iguazu(Argentina) and  Ciudad del Este (Paraguay) form the Three-Point Border where the three countries meet.  The Cataratas Festival is a umbrella event under which the following parallel events take place:     
Hackthoners at work (Festival Photo)
The Iguassu  Tourism Forum, Hackatour (Tourism Hackathon), The Argentine Wine Hall, The MICE Cataratas Hall,  Thermal and Spa Tourism Hall, Adventure Cataratas Hall,  E-Marketing Cataratas Halls, Shopping Tourism Hall, Cultural and Spirituality Hall, Gastronomy Arena, Regional Sustainable Product Expo, the Cataratas Hotel Expo and of course the flagship International Cataratas Tourism Fair. Summing up 1.780 exhibitors showcased  1176 brands in 209 stands in the fair. Over 8.000 visitors have been registered. The festival has grown 18% compared to last year's edition, according to organizer's information.

Saturday, November 19

Lots of field flickers but no field around

With civilization encroaching and natural areas availability shrinking, animals either go down extinction alley  or adapt. I am glad to register that a family of field flickers has just moved in to an area in urban Foz do Iguaçu already shared by a growing number of bird species. I have taken pictures of them right on the spot where busy avenues Republica Argentina and Jules Rimet meet. The Field Flicker (Colaptes campestris) is called "pica-pau-pau-do-campo" in Portuguese,  "carpintero campestre" in Spanish, "pic champêtre" in French and Ypekû ñu in Guarani - the native language to Jungle Lands that best translate Nature and its phenomena as far as tropical forests goes from the Amazon all the way down to Uruguay, Argentina and the whole of Brazil.

Friday, February 26

Safe in the city: Urban spaces are the new frontier for international security

Vanda Felbab-Brown
Over the coming decades, as more and more people move into urban centers, the world’s major cities will increasingly play a key role in the 21st century distribution of global power. More than ever, writes Vanda Felbab-Brown, governing capacity and legitimacy will be shaped by how states manage public security, suppress crime, and deliver stability and prosperity for millions of inhabitants. 

Thursday, February 25

Thank You World, Carnival and You conquered the Zica Outburst

Carla Daniele with 6-month-old son Victor in Foz do Iguaçu

Carnival in Brazil and everywhere else ended two weeks ago. And what I've got to say I will say it right now because otherwise time will make this thought incredibly old. I want to scream Thank you Brazil for not having canceled carnival 2016 because of the Zica Virus threat and explosion. Thank you World, because so many beautiful, brave people came in a time when all kinds of voices said that coming to Brazil would be dangerous. People came from Italy, from Portugal from the USA, from Canada, from Japan, Paraguay, Argentina, Colombia, Venezuela, France, the UK from all over.Thank you, Gracias, Grazie.

Carnival in my city is very simple. This year the main carnival on a closed venue belonging to the Center of Gaucho Traditions (CGT / CTG in Portuguese. But we also had an afternoon carnival downtown called “Carnaval da Saudade” tentatively and roughly similar to Nostalgia Carnival which brigs to mind either that older people might use the occasion to remember past moments and carnivals. But I felt no melancholy in the air. I saw many 3-year-old, 6-months-old with whole families dancing or being danced out in the streets or under the canvas tent put up in the street that closed to traffic as the Brazilian Industrial Federation lamented the losses in productivity and counted lost billions. One or two day before that, it was reported that Zika could be found in the saliva and transmitted through kisses. Kissing, breathing, living, smiling – ‘cause with your mouth open mosquitoes and germs might be shot into your system. That is why I say and think that I should repeat: Thank You for coming to the carnival where nobody died as victim of the Aedes aegypti.                
Small children and even Wonder Woman

I would like to thank the 130,000 passengers of 13 cruise ships that lined up the Mauá Pier of Rio de Janeiro Harbor. In 2015, without the fear of zica only 70,000 came. A special thanks to journalists and the press. Organizers say that 1.282 Brazilian journalists were sent to the Avenida Sapucaí where the "sambodrome" is located. They work for 225 newspapers, radios and TVs from nine states.  Foreign press was represented by 287 press professionals from 111 international news producers. These are Rio de Janeiro numbers. I special salute to those who went to Porto Alegre, Recife, Salvador, São Luis and many other places.     
One of many Foz do Iguaçu organized Carnival Groups
No need to say look at the camera
Then the downpour but no one left 

Land of Many Waters

Land of Many Waters
This is a secret little waterfalls where I often go and take a very few people for my ecopsychological nature-connecting experience