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Culture Tuesdays: Baianas

CULTURE TUESDAYS

In Bahia, the region in Brazil largely populated by Afro-Brazilians, black women known as Baianas dress in clothing inspired by eighteenth century style. The women wear colorful, full-length skirts with carefully embroidered white blouses, sometimes worn off the shoulder. Baianas also wear scarves or turbans tightly wrapped around their heads.

You’ll find the Baiana women everywhere in the city of Salvador with their tabuleiros (trays and tables), selling their quitutes (traditional AfroBrazilian dishes). There is one traditional dish called acarajes, (a fritter of black-eyed peas fried in dende {palm oil}), (sounds like Nigerian Akara to me). The Baiana women are very popular for that dish.

I didn’t find much on these women but as time goes on I will find out more. Their style of dress reminds me of the Herero women of Namibia, I encourage you to research them as well!

Enjoy Loves 💜

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Culture Tuesdays: Capoeira

CULTURE TUESDAYS

This is absolutely awesome. Capoeira. A Brazilian dance that was created by slaves, covering up for the fact that they were actually fighting. That’s right, fighting. The slaves would fight one another but would get caught, they came up with this clever dance to avoid being punished by slave owners. When they were punished, both sides would be punished which was unfair to the winning side, with the dance, the winner would be declared and since the owners didn’t know they were fighting, they wouldn’t be punished.

These movements looked like dance to an outsider, but was actually a real fight between two men. Hands were not allowed, but feet, heads, heels, and legs were allowed. They also use handstands and cartwheels. All of this was accompanied by music! Today, Brazilians and many others practice this as a form of exercise.

Check out a video of the dance by watching above or clicking the link below!
http://youtu.be/6H0D8VaIli0