Candomblé Jejé

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Candomblé Jejé, also known as Brazilian Vodum, is one of the major branches (nations) of Candomblé. It developed in the Portuguese Empire among Fon and Ewe slaves.


Jejé spirits are called Voduns (sing. Vodum). According to tradition, they were introduced into the Kingdom of Dahomey from nearby lands by its founder King Adja-Tado, on the advice of a bokono (seer). Their cult was reorganized and uniformized by King Agajah in the 18th century.

Jejé Vodums are sometimes worshiped in houses of other nations by different names. For instance, the Vodum Dan or Bessen is called Oxumarê in Candomblé Ketu. Conversely, the Ketu Orixás may be worshiped in Jejé houses, but retain their names.

Voduns are organized into families:

Dan Yewá
Togun Tohossou Nohê Aikunguman
Tobossi Sakpata Wealth Voduns
Hevioso Aveji-Dá Nanã
Marine Naés Freshwater Naés Eku and Awun
Mawu-Lisa Hohos -


  • Parés, Luis Nicolau (2013). The Formation of Candomblé: Vodun History and Ritual in Brazil. Translated by Vernon, Richard. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press. ISBN 1469610922.

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