Jurema is a term that refers to two distinct but related subjects: a plant species and a cultural tradition. The Jurema plant is native to South America and belongs to the species Anadenanthera peregrina, Mimosa tenuiflora, or Tabernaemontana catharinensis. These plants are commonly used in traditional medicine for medicinal and ceremonial purposes, just like Ayahuasca is used. Jurema originated in the Amazonian north of Brazil and preserves the secrets and mysteries of wood spirits and caboclos – amongst many others.
The Cult of Jurema is a spiritual tradition that through plant sacraments, the smoke of different herbs and the teaching of disincarnated Masters and Mistresses gives access to the mysteries held by enchanted spirits, of the spirits of the wood, teaching spirits and a wide array of other traditions and mysteries. The Jurema is centred around the use of Jurema as sacrament. This sacrament facilitates spiritual healing, provide guidance and protection, and promote a deeper connection with the divine.
Jurema is currently understood to be like the tree itself, a tree of many branches that today find itself embedded in encantaria, catimbó and even in Umbanda, hence Jurema is a rich and dynamic spiritual tradition that reflects the cultural diversity and resilience of the Amazon region of Brazil. It continues to play an important role in the lives of its practitioners and provides a window into the complex religious and cultural landscape of the Amazon.
We have the pleasure of opening the doors to this stunning and impactful world of magic and mystery through the 1st International Symposium of Brazilian Magic and Spirituality. The symposium will be held in Brazil, in the city of Extrema, in the state of Minas Gerais. Jurema will be given an entire day of the three days set aside for this symposium and its content will look like this:
21 of April 2023
Circle of Jurema
Presented by Déia Filha da Aqua
This interactive session will present in large strokes the theory and practice of Jurema, Encantaria and Catimbó, which is Brazilian sorcery developed in the north and north-east of Brazil. Jurema has a syncretic character revealed in shamanic tangents.
Déia will outline through Brazilian history how this uniquely Brazilian form of sorcery was created and evolved through generation after generation. She will detail the basic fundaments of the cult, like the importance of the smoke and pipe which is indispensable for the cult, and explain the principles and symbols that sustains and supports the cult to enhance the beauty and mystical majesty of Jurema.
She will go into details of the history of Jurema and the meaning of the word Jurema. She will speak about the entities and spirits that are worked in Jurema and about the various forms of ‘tables’/sanctuaries that are used and worked as well as entering into detail about the initiatic rituals of Jurema. She and her group will then offer us a ritual of Jurema.
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