Saint Cyprian, São Cipriano- the Sorcerer Saint, has enjoyed an upswelling in popularity in the anglosphere in the last few years, in no small part to the increased translations and new material in English on the Saint. In Latin America, the Saint has always been strong- his associations with the various eponymous 'Books of Cyprian'- the Black, the Silver, the True, etc. But within Brazilian lore comes the additional incorporation of our Saint into the sorceries and spirit pacts of Quimbanda, and especially his tutelage by the spirit known as Exu Meia Noite. Thus, São Cipriano o Quimbandeiro is born- a saint who is now said to have been practicing macumba, a feiticeiro, to be a quimbandeiro!
Quimbanda is a spiritual system born in and because of Brazil itself: a child of West African magic and world-view mixed with Indigenous plant and spirit lore and some glossings of European witchcraft and sorcery. Originally a possession cult focusing on spirit contact and pragmatic workings, it has become a complex system incorporated into Umbanda and some lineages of Candomble, as well as surviving and growing as its own practice.
This class is an offering to the Saint himself, that glorious pupil of Meia Noite who, when faced with the power of Christianity, is said to have converted to gain access to its mysteries- but is also said never to have abandoned his old ways. This is the path of the heretic- and indeed our Saint can been seen as Heiromartyr and Heresiarch, for here both hands work towards the aim of the sorcerer- here power is the aim, and with the Saint, discipline to wield it.
While spoken of as an Exu by some within Quimbanda, this must be elaborated. Cyprian was taught by an Exu, and is not an Exu himself....or is he?Where does that leave us? What exactly, who exactly is Saint Cyprian in Quimbanda, this Cyprian at Midnight? This is what this class will explore.
• Who *is* São Cipriano the Quimbandeiro?
• What is his connection to the spirits of Quimbanda?
• What is his relationship with Exu Meia Noite?
• What can the ponto riscado of Saint Cyprian tell us?
• Who is the spirit called Pai Cipriano?
We will also explore the various offerings that can be made to the Saint through the methodologies and cosmologies of Quimbanda, whether someone has an established practice with Exu and Pomba Gira or is outside the cult proper. For let us be clear- if you are engaging the tools and methods and spirits of Quimbanda, even if it is to 'borrow' the ponto riscado of Cyprian, while you are doing so, you are acting as a Quimbandeiro!
The goal of this class is to celebrate and elucidate this Cyprian at Midnight- to dispel some of the myth as well as genuinely look at the role of the Saint within the cult. It is not an invitation to work with him, nor an open call to work Quimbanda. This is an information based class that will explain and explore our Sorcerer Saint. Some familiarity with Cyprian of Antioch, but not necessarily Quimbanda, is recommended.
On the Vespers of the Great Saint himself, this class will run for three hours, ending at midnight- the start of the Feast proper of this patron of necromancy, sorcery, and Christo-magic.
The class will be taught by Jesse Hathaway Diaz, the Goat of Wolf & Goat, whose relationship with Saint Cyprian started through Mexican Curanderismo and Folk Catholicism, and became fascinated with the saint's incarnations throughout Latin America, including in Quimbanda. An olorisa and initiated Tata Quimbanda, he runs the Templo Hora Grande, a house of Quimbanda in New York City.
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The ponto riscado of São Cipriano.
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Cipriano na Meia Noite
Saint Cyprian in Quimbanda
taught by Jesse Hathaway Diaz
One Night Only, on the Vespers of the Sorcerer Saint
Tuesday, September 25th, 2018
Time: 9:00pm to 12:00 am, EDT
Cost: $77 - payment due at time of registration
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