Saint’s clothes – Umbanda clothing

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  • About the saint’s clothes: Umbanda’s robes are usually white, always very clean, as this is one of the reasons why people change clothes for work. One should never work with the clothes on the body, or come dressed at home in white clothes. Sweating causes a feeling of discomfort, which causes poor concentration and uneasiness of the medium (not to mention, of course, the unpleasant situation of a person who is going to take passes or consult, and smell the medium’s sweat , who is always close at work).

    White has a reflective character, since it is the sum of all colors and works, together with other things, as a kind of shield against certain minor shocks of negative energies that are directed towards the medium. It also serves to identify mediums within a very large workhouse. In addition, it is a relaxing color, which induces the psyche to calm and tranquility.

    The White Clothes (Roupa de Santo) is the garment for which we must give a lot of affection and care, identical to what we have for our Orixás and Guides. Clothes must be kept clean, well cared for, as well as guides (strings of beads), not allowing a medium, after his work, to leave his clothes and guides in the Terreiro, forgotten.

    The Head Cloth (Twist)

    It is made from a cloth called ojá (the word means “band of cloth”), of variable size. There are several twist shapes, which can have different meanings. For example: the twist with two ends (ears) means female orixá while the twist with one end only symbolizes male orixá.
    It serves both to protect the medium’s crown against the heaviest energies, but also represents a sign of respect within of a certain ritual.

    The White Towel (Coast Cloth)

    This is a white cloth in the shape of a towel (rectangular), which may or may not be edged with lace, thin or thick. Among other things, it is used to cover mediums’ heads when they incorporate Obaluaiê.

    Other Clothes

    In some cases, the guides may request some clothing to wear during the work. They can be:
    Pretos Velhos: towels, gowns, skirt, pants, etc.
    Exus: Clothes, scarves, hats, jewelry, capes, etc.
    Caboclos: Headdresses, sashes, feathers, leather straps , etc.
    Children: Hats, clothes, bows, towels, etc.
    Among others…… These items of clothing will be authorized by the manager or the head guide of the house.



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