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Woman Offered As Sacrifice Disappears In Ocean

A woman follower of the Candomble religion is feared dead after strong sea waves washed her out into the sea during a religious ceremony.  She was part of a group of ten, four of whom were washed into the sea but three of those were able to swim back. Followers of the religion hold ceremonies near the sea in honor of an Afro-Brazilian deity.

A 34-year-old woman follower of the Candomble religion is feared dead after strong waves washed her out into the sea during a religious ceremony held along the Costa Nova in Portugal.

A file picture showing the religious ceremony usually held along sea shores. The woman is feared dead after being washed into the sea

The unidentified woman was among a group of ten people who were performing the ceremony in honor of the Afro-Brazilian deity of the sea called lemanja. The ceremony is held every February 2.

Reports indicate that four people were swept out to sea but three managed to swim safely back to the shore. However, the unfortunate woman is still missing.

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