Mãe Stella de Oxóssi

Candomblé mãe-de-santo, a spiritual leader
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Mãe Stella de Oxóssi (born Maria Stella de Azevedo Santos, also known as Odé Kayodê, 2 May 1925 – 27 December 2018) was a Brazilian priest and writer. She was the fifth iyalorixá (chief priestess) of Ilê Axé Opô Afonjá, a Candomblé terreiro in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil (where she was born).

Stella was trained as a public health nurse. She became the iyalorixá of Ilê Axé Opô Afonjá in 1976.She was known for writing on the beliefs and practices of Candomblé for the general public, rather than practitioners.

Stella died of a stroke on 27 December 2018 in Santo Antônio de Jesus, Bahia, Brazil, aged 93.[1]


  1. "Mãe Stella de Oxóssi morre aos 93 anos na Bahia". O Globo. 2018-12-27. Retrieved 2019-01-07.