RARE album of watercolour paintings by the eminent Brazilian painter, engraver, illustrator, potter, sculptor, mural painter, historian and journalist Héctor Julio Páride Bernabó or Carybé (1911-1997). The paintings depict various scenes of Candomblé ceremonies (dance honoring the gods), a religion practiced mainly in Brazil, officially originated in Salvador, Bahia at the beginning of the 19th century, when the first temple was founded. Although Candomblé is practiced primarily in Brazil, it is also practiced in other Latin American countries, including Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, and Venezuela, having as many as two million followers. Candomblé developed in a creolization of traditional Yoruba, Fon, and Bantu beliefs brought from West Africa by enslaved captives in the Portuguese Empire. Between 1549 and 1888, the religion developed in Brazil, influenced by the knowledge of enslaved African priests who continued to teach their mythology, their culture, and language. In addition, Candomblé absorbed elements of Roman Catholicism and includes indigenous American traditions. The paintings are the result of over thirty years of research by Carybé, who lived in Bahya and had a first-hand experience of Candomblé rituals. Contains an introduction by the preeminent Brazilian writer Jorge Amado, and texts on Candomblé beliefs and mythology by ethnographers Pierre Verger (alias Fatumbi) and Waldeloir Rego. 440x330mm. 267 pages [128 watercolor plates]. Quarter-cloth illustrated Hardcover laid in cardboard box. Box bumped, wrinkled, dust-stained and slightly torn. Cover and spine dirty/slightly stained. Spine hinges wrinkled. Spine upper edge bumped/wrinkled. [SUMMARY]: This extremely rare large album of illustrations of an exotic South American syncretic religion by one of the most influential Brazilian artists, is in good condition.