Saint Lazarus cult in Bahia (Salvador, Brazil) [ 28 images ]
Every year on the last Sunday of January, the religious festival of Saint Lazarus takes place on a hill where the chapel of the same name was built in the 18th century. Faithful, of both the Catholic and CandomblÈ religions, dressed in the traditional white, usually undergo a purification cleansing ritual (banho de pipoca). As both Saint Lazarus and Omol˙ are related to diseases and healing, followers bring votive objects made of wax as a demonstration of gratitude and faith. The...