EXTRACT FROM THE INTRODUCTION BY ROGER BASTIDE :
"Some Europeans, great admirers however of ancient Greece, call this African religion barbaric. They forget that the Greeks sprinkled the blood of animals on the altar of Ares or Apollo, like the Negroes on the stones of Shango or Ogoun. And that they offered to the Sea the black Bull as the fishermen of Bahia throw to Yemanja, the African Siren, bouquets of flowers and perfumed soaps. The Athena of Phidias comes out of the Kore imprisoned in a tree trunk and tragedy is born from the fury of the Bacchae tearing at the beast pursued on the lonely mountains. Thus the Negro masks have already renewed modern painting. The daughters of the Bahia gods who dance possessed by their deities, in the tepid nights of the Tropics, are not only the priestesses of an African cult, but also the pious servants of a new beauty. No, this religion does not have a dark and diabolical character, but the whiteness of a dawn, like the one that once rose on the Hellenic sea. No one could better make known and love these Afro-Brazilian cults than Pierre Fátúmbí Verger."
Roger Bastide, former Professor at the University of São Paulo (Brazil)