“In an ancient time, when heaven and earth were united as two halves of a gourd, deities and heroes walked among men. They fought battles with fury, taught how to deal with ashe, the energy of creation, the land, the iron and the fire. They reigned and loved with great intensity. Some descended from the luminous Orun, to live their lives and fulfill their destiny, while others were born in the aiye and through their great deeds became Orishas, changing forever the history of two continents”.
FOREWORDS – HUGO CANUTO
The comic book project “Tales of the Orishas” was born as a convergence of passions. First, for the legacy of african heritage at my homeland, Bahia, full of ancestral traditions. I was born in Salvador, a city on the northeastern coast of Brazil with the biggest african oversea heritage, and it influences over our lifestyle, beliefs, food and art.
From Nigeria to Haiti, through Cuba and Benin, these deities manifest themselves in different parts of the world, whether through songs, paintings or monuments. They are true symbols of the human ability to transcend their adversities and create miracles of faith in the far west. Umbanda and Candomble are spiritualities whose myths and legends about Orishas are in the core. Both have a strong African and indigenous heritage, and it is part of the syncretic convergence that built Brazilian culture.
But I realized that, despite living in the country that received the most African people in the diaspora, and most of population comes from an african descendants, cultural, artistic and spiritual elements of African roots are under a constant attack, mainly by a growing intolerance of religious and political Neo-charismatic movements.
The main reason for creating the Graphic Novel was to make an asset for mindset changes, valuing the culture of Bahia, although with a language that was able to build bridges to other countries. Because I believe that bringing the stories of the orishas for audiences who have not yet had contact with it is a way to face racism and spread representation in pop culture.
When I decided to produce the Graphic Novel, I plunged in a deep research, talking with scholars and priests of Candomblé, aiming for something that could honor tradition and, at the same time, introduce the Itan, stories about the orishas in a different approach, working with mythology through comic book visual language.
CROWDFUNDING CAMPAINGS AND PUBLICATION – The Graphic novel Tales of The Orishas is in it third printed edition, has 120 color pages and size 6 x 10 in and coatted paper 90g. It was published independently through crowdfunding platform Catarse and around 3.000 supporters who believed in such initiative.
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SOCIAL ACTIVITIES – The project also has a social activity that we started before the comic book was ready and keep doing troughout those two years, as public lectures in universities and cultural institutions in Brazil, donation of books for communitary libraries. Also, in addition we sponsored books with lower prices, mostly for teachers and public schools in Brazil and other countries.
AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS
FINALIST TO THE JABUTI 2020 AWARD – CATEGORY IN COMICS.
AWARD ANGELO AGOSTINI – BEST BOOK OF 2019.
AWARD ABEBÉ DE PRATA, HONORING CONTRIBUTIONS TO AFRO-BRAZILIAN CULTURE.
ONE OF THE 100 MOST INFLUENTIALS BRAZILIAN COMICS ON THE DECADE
QUOTES IN ACADEMIC ARTICLES
Revista do Departamento de Educação – Unifesp – Religiosidades afro-brasileiras, relações étnico-raciais e natureza em produções artísticas.
Tiago Amaral Sales e Daniela Franco Carvalho
Decolonialidade Quadrinística e Educação Ambiental – Analisando a colonialidade do viver em Contos dos Orixás.
Kassiano Ferreira e Patricia Montanari Giraldi.
Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina – Contos dos orixás: elementos de quadrinhos de super-heróis para valorização da mitologia africana.
UFPE – Afro-Indo-Brazilian Religions and the public sphere: An essay on the classification forms of their public presence
Roberta Bivar Carneiro Campos e Raoni Neri
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngz2_pq3Idc TV Show “Encontro, Fátima Bernardes”, Rede Globo, one of the greatest audiences in Brazilian Television.
www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=JqpCj5r5uRc Interview “TRIP TV”, Trip magazine.
https://youtu.be/XnwmGvu9uQI Interview “Canal Curta”, cultural TV Channel.
www.facebook.com/tvebahia/videos/918102768581539/ Interview “Canal TVE” Channel.
https://youtu.be/wK5kI759vcA Lecture about the book – Centro Cultural Banco do Nordeste.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QfI_wcvsDoY TV show “Metropolis”, TV Cultura Channel.
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CORREIO BRAZILIENSE – CAPITAL
FOLHA DE SÃO PAULO – SÃO PAULO
ESTADÃO – SÃO PAULO
O GLOBO – RIO DE JANEIRO
JORNAL CORREIO – BAHIA
EXHIBTIONS AND INTERNATIONAL CATALOGS
EXHIBTIONS AXÉ BAHIA – THE POWER OF ART IN AN AFRO-BRAZILIAN METROPOLIS, FOWLER MUSEUM, UCLA, CALIFORNIA.
EXHIBTIONS MUNDO LATINX, LONDON, ENGLAND.
BAIKA MAGAZINE #11, FRANCE. ARTICLE ABOUT ORISHAS.
JACK KIRBY COLLECTOR MAGAZINE #71 – INTERVIEW.
Global Comics Lecture – The Making of, Tales of the Orishas – Ohio State University, USA.
Flipelô – Literary Fair at Pelourinho, Salvador, Bahia.
Quadrinhos Intuados in João Pessoa, Paraíba.
SESC Campo Grande, Mato Grosso do Sul.
SESC Feira de Santana, na FLifs.
FLICA Cachoeira, Bahia.
Campus Party Bahia, Salvador.
Festival Path, São Paulo.
Narrativas Negras Universidade de São Paulo.
Bahia – Animai
Bahia – Salvador – Campus Party/ SEPROMI
Bahia –Salvador – Associação De Defesa Dos Povos Afro-indígenas – AFA
Rio Grande Do Norte – Natal – SESC
Rio Grande Do Norte – Mossoró – SESC
Paraíba – João Pessoa – Fundação Cultural FUNESC
São Paulo – Capital – SESC Interlagos
São Paulo – Jundiaí – SESC
São Paulo – Ribeirão Preto – SESC