The Legend of the Creation of the World and of the Orishas

And now, my friends, I’m telling you a story…
it is a very nice story, everyone will like it!

The Nucleus of Afro-Brazilian Studies of the School of Education at the University of the State of Rio de Janeiro shows the third volume of the Collection “Law 10639/03 and the formation of educators”. This educational-pedagogical material was developed for the III Extension Course on Black History and Culture offered by the Nucleus of Afro-Brazilian Studies of UERJ (2013). The video “A Lenda da Criação do Mundo e dos Orixás” (“The Legend of the Creation of the World and of the Orishas”) is inspired by a Yoruba myth that was kept alive through oral tradition.

We believe that the recognition of the cultural production of Afro-Brazilians is one of the paths for the construction of a truly multicultural country, where we can eradicate racist behaviors that promote discrimination and prejudice, and spawn inequality. The Afro-Brazilian legacy belongs to all of us, Brazilians of all extractions. Law 10639/03 encourages us to show, in a playful manner, the theme of the creation of the world and of the orishas, which is part both of Brazilian and Afro-Brazilian religiosity. This educational video was made for children, to divulge civilizatory values of Afro-Brazilian culture, preserve its memory and fight any type of religious intolerance.

The Video

The animated video uses language that is accessible to children. We believe the use of resources commonly found in schools – toys, discarded materials and papers of various textures – can facilitate communication between students and teachers, simplifying the dissemination of knowledge. We hope this video may become part of the story-telling circles that are common in children’s classrooms.

VIDEO “A Lenda da Criação do Mundo e dos Orixás” (The Legend of the Creation of the World and of the Orishas) 
Coordination: Maria Alice Rezende Gonçalves
Production and Research: Maria Alice Rezende Gonçalves, Ana Paula Alves Ribeiro e Cristiano Cardoso.
Research orientation: Maria Alice Rezende Gonçalves, Ana Paula Alves Ribeiro
Camera and Photography Direction: Ana Paula Alves Ribeiro e Cristiano Cardoso.
Camera and Photography: Cristiano Cardoso, Aline de Oliveira, Dayana Doria, Edna Andrade e Vinicius Oliveira Pereira.
Editing: Cristiano Cardoso
Narration: Zaíra Bosco e Cristiano Cardoso
Abayomi Dolls: Lena Martins.
Greetings: Ariana Felipe e Cláudio Café (Bonecas Abayomi); Juliana Corrêa, Juliano Gonçalves, Marcelo Lima e Marcus André Cardoso (colaborators); Barbara Morais, Cecília Figueiredo, Luiz Carlos Lima e colegas (CECIP/Megapixel); David Honório, Juliana Freitas, Simone Ribeiro e Sormani Silva (NEAB UERJ).