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  • Terreiro na Floresta Redwood Glen Trailhead (map)

Gira for São Cosme e São Damião and the Boiadeiros in the Forest at Redwood Glen in Joaquim Miller Park 

We will be having a Gira led by Ialorixá Mãe Morderecí at Redwood Glen in the Joaquin Miller Park in the hills beyond Oakland.
The Gira will be on Sunday September 29th at 11AM. 

This Gira is a celebration in honor of the Saints Cosme and Damião and the Boiadeiros

Saints Cosme and Damião

Saints Cosme and Damião were two twin brothers who were both doctors by profession. They were some of the first Christians in areas of Turkey and Syria. They were celebrated physicians and offered their medical services free of charge. Many people were healed by their work and many people became christians inspired by their work of charity. Despite being persecuted for their Christian faith they never abandoned their belief and because of this they were beheaded in 303 AD.

As part of their practice they gave sweets to sick children to lift their spirits. In Brazil they are celebrated as the protectors of children and September is 27th is commemorated by giving bags of candy to children.

Saints Cosme and Damião were recognized as the Ibejis the sacred twin children of the tradition of Candomblé and are celebrated with the illuminated children spirits called Erês in both Umbanda and Candomblé.


The animals present at the birth of Christ became sanctified. The cow and the lamb were two of these animals that became holy in the presence of God. The boiadeiros in their lives on the earth worked herding and caring for these sacred animals, the cow and the lamb. In the process of being in close contact with these sacred animals they also became sanctified. Their souls were purified. They are now the only other beings besides the Erês that can serve as the messenger of the Orixás. They bring with them tremendous energy of horses galloping across open fields, and the celebration of country life, close to the earth and beneath the starry skies. They work kicking up the dust and cleansing the terreiro of negative energy.

Please bring flowers of all colors. As well as lots of fruit and candy!!!

You may also bring Port Wine or hot Black Coffee (with no sugar) in a Thermos for the Pretos Velhos

***IMPORTANT*** Bring plenty of water to drink


Redwood Glen in the Joaquin Miller Park in the hills beyond Oakland.

Go to the Redwood Glen Trailhead at Joaquin Miller Park and follow trail to the Terreiro. (Follow directions listed above.)

Time and Date of Gira:
Sunday, September 29th at 11AM

Please wear white clothing, men in long pants, women in long skirts. We ask the women to wear white blouses that fully cover the shoulders and chest and to make sure that the clothing is not transparent. We will not be working with the Sacrament.

The Gira is a work of spiritual charity. There is no charge, however, we accept donations if you would like to contribute to our work. The donations that are collected go to the costs associated with the Gira and for the materials, such as candles, etc. We will also have an Ogan (a drummer) it is customary to offer a part of the donations for his services.

If you have any questions please contact Ialorixá Ana and Nick at
415 910 7359

Or email us at

Thank you

Later Event: October 27