A BOY dressed up as Sao Jorge, also known as Saint George, attends Sao Jorge’s day celebrations on Wednesday in Rio de Janeiro. Sao Jorge called Ogum in the Afro-Brazilian religion Umbanda is one of the most popular saints in Brazil, with followers believing that the saint provides them protection against any evil. Umbanda. followed by an estimated 400.000 Brazilians, was founded a little more than a century ago. drawing from Catholicism, the beliefs of enslaved Yoruba people from West Africa and the teachings of 19th century French spiritualist Allan Kardec.