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Adriana Zehbrauskas November 7, 2011

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Brazil.

Day Of Iemanjá. Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

Adriana Zehbrauskas (b. 1968, Brazil) received a degree in Journalism and moved to Paris where she studied Linguistics and Phonetics at the Sorbonne Nouvelle. She worked as a staff photographer for Folha de Sao Paulo (Brazil’s largest Newspaper) and contributes regularly to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Paris Match, Le Figaro, The World Health Organization among others. Her photos have also been featured in the books ’24 ‘In Search of Hope – The Global Diaries of Mariane Pearl’, PowerHouse Books and the ‘Nike Human Race’.  She was a nominee for the New York Photo Awards in 2009 and 2010 and is an instructor with the Foundry Photojournalism Workshops. Adriana is based in Mexico City and is represented by Polaris Images.

About the Photograph:

“This photo was taken on the day of Iemanjá day in Bahia, Brazil. It’s part of a larger essay I am doing on faith in Brazil and Mexico. Yemanjá is the deity who represents the mother principle. She is the mother of the world, the lady of the waters and the queen of the seas in Candomblé, an Afro-Brazilian religion brought by African slaves from Nigeria during the colonial period. During her day, hundreds of people, all dressed in white, come to the shore to pray and make her offerings: baskets with flowers, perfume, jewelry and soaps thrown into the water. The Orisha (as its called in Yoruba) is also the patron saint of sailors and fishermen. We live in a world where the progress of science, globalization and the ever growing speed of the media can trivialize the symbolic meaning of religious manifestations and rituals once preserved in small groups. But despite the efficiency of science and technology in the modern world, men and women still turn to the daily practice of faith to ease their suffering and anguish.”