This paper examines movements linked to the traditions Candomblé and Umbanda, which are defined as Afro-Brazilian religions. The former has its origins in Africa and was brought to the so-called "new world" by the transport of people as workers and demoted to the status of slaves. The second developed as an accentuated syncretic form at the beginning of the 20th century in Brazil. As an introduction relevant, qualitative methods such as ethnography of living environment, participant observation and ero-epic dialogue will be debated. Following this, the key terms religion, spirituality, ritual, and syncretism are defined. During a research stay in Brazil, I gained a deeper understanding of the relevance of the religions in Brazilian society. Based on these findings, developments of the associations Casa de Guaracy and Terra Sagrada in Graz will be discussed. Both originate from São Paulo, Brazil. The members in Graz are Austrians. I attented public spiritual rituals of both communities to obtain insights into their activities and the individual motivations of members and visitors. The final part enters into the question of social climate, which appears to influence the way Austrians deal spiritually with the traditions of "foreign" cultures. Specifics of Afro-Brazilian religions will be emphasized. An outstanding characteristic is the liveliness of spiritual celebrations. This is to be interpreted in a social context.