(Eclectic City) is a religious commune
founded by the spiritualist Mestre Yokaanam
(died 1985), and is located 62 km west of Brasília
, in the state of Goiás
. It belongs to the municipality of Santo Antonio do Descoberto. It has a population of around 1,500 persons, of whom 790 were registered to vote in 2004. The inhabitants depend on agriculture, leather handicrafts, and cattle raising for their livelihood.
Mestre Yokaanam said that his city was the world religious center, guided by the religion that he founded, the Igreja Eclética Espiritualista Universal. This sect is described as an eclectic-religious movement, philanthropic and universalist, and "pioneer in the unification of all the sects of the planet." There are strong connections with Umbanda
, an Afro-Brazilian religion. Another name given to this religion by Yokaanam was Umbanda Eclética Maior.
Mestre Yokaanam, who was born in Maceió
in 1911, considered himself a reincarnation of Elijah
and John the Baptist
. Yokaanam is supposedly an anagram of John the Baptist's name and means "The Diver".
Yokaanam's real name was Oceano de Sá and he was an officer and pilot in the Brazilian Air Force. Legend says that he was flying over the region where Brasília was to be built and was visited by an extraterrestrial being who told him that his real mission was on the Earth and not in the skies. But Oceano did not believe... Read More