Bruxa Evora is a Brazilian witch spirit, a deified Moorish sorceress. Bruxa Evora speaks fluent Portuguese, Arabic, and Latin, but she is full of surprises and may know other languages, too. She is a font of mystic, esoteric, and botanical secrets. Bruxa Evora means the “Witch Evora,” but it should really be the Witch of Evora. Evora is not her name, which is a secret. Instead Evora names a Portuguese city variously ruled by Romans, Moors, Christians, and Visigoths. In the Roman era, Evora was the home of a large Temple of Diana, and perhaps Bruxa Evora is a survivor of those days. Portugal suffered comparatively mild witch hunts, but a woman was burned as a witch in Evora in 1626. Bruxa Evora is the matron of those who practice magical arts. She is petitioned to oversee the spell process and for magical instruction and information.
Manifestations: Bruxa Evora can manifest in any form she chooses.
Iconography: Despite her esoteric résumé, Bruxa Evora is usually portrayed as a stereotypical crone with broomstick, perhaps because those who sell her images want to be sure everyone recognizes her as a witch.
Color: Red Sacred animals: Goats, cats; she has a big, black cat named Luzbel as her familiar.
Offerings: Burn red witch candles in her honor; rum; cigarettes; magical tools
From the Encyclopedia of Spirits: The Ultimate Guide to the Magic of Fairies, Genies, Demons, Ghosts, Gods & Goddesses– Written by Judika Illes Copyright © 2009 by Judika Illes.
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