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the carnival

the carnival - Brasil tropical show

The Carnival of Rio de Janeiro (or simply Rio Carnival) is an annual holiday that takes place in Rio de Janeiro, the second largest city of Brazil.
It is celebrated 40 days before Easter and celebrates the start of Lent, Brazil is a country with a Catholic majority, for whom abstinence of Lent is strongly felt. The carnival is a "good-bye" to the pleasures of the flesh in view of the next 40 days.
The Brazilian Carnival is celebrated differently in different regions of the country: the Rio Carnival is considered one of the most famous in Brazil and around the world because of the magnificence and wealth of the festivities.
Before the official recognition by the government of the feast of carnival as an "expression of culture", Brazilians used to trigger riots in the feast.
Etymologically the word carnival comes from the Latin "carnem upbeat", popularly translated as "flesh-is" or "Carnival," because in ancient times marked the abolition of meat banquet which was held immediately before the period of fasting and abstinence of Lent.

The capoeira

The capoeira - Brasil tropical show

Capoeira is a cultural expression that mixes the fight, dance, popular culture and music. Developed by African slaves brought to Brazil and their descendants, is characterized by complex movements and agile, with your feet, hands and elements of acrobatics. One feature that sets it apart from other struggles is the presence of music.

During the sixteenth century, Portugal has sent slaves in South America, West Africa. Capoeira was developed in Brazil by slaves as a way to resist their oppressors, secretly practice their art, transmit their culture and improving their morale.

There is evidence of the practice of capoeira in the eighteenth and nineteenth century in the city of Salvador, Rio de Janeiro and Recife, but for years this dance was considered subversive, his practice has been banned and severely repressed. Because of this repression, capoeira is virtually extinct in Rio de Janeiro, where groups of capoeiristas were known as Malta, and Recife, where according to some capoeira led to frevo dance, known as the step.

the candomblè (dance bahiana)

the candomblè (dance bahiana) - Brasil tropical show

Candomblé is an Afro-Brazilian religion practiced primarily in Brazil but also in neighboring countries such as Uruguay, Paraguay, Argentina and Venezuela. Indigei mixture of rituals, beliefs and African Christianity, this religion consists in the worship of Orixa, totemic deity of origin and family, each associated with a natural element, and is based on faith in the soul of its own nature.
Both words are derived from the languages ​​of the Bantu family. In particular, the Candomblé word seems to mean "dance of Negroes", and is also the name of an ancient instrument.
In Salvador, Bahia, Roger Bastide defined by the "Black Rome", due to the large number of slaves deported in the last period of trafficking, was born on Candomblé, the Afro-American religion that has remained more faithful to the original matrix , reinvented and reformulated in Brazil by slaves.
Today the Brazilian government recognizes and protects the Candomblé and subsidizes certain terreiros, especially in Salvador da Bahia.


Maculele - Brasil tropical show

Maculelé - type of dance, ballet, displaying the feast of Our Lady of the Purification in the city of Santo Amaro, Bahia. It is believed that cucumbi (ancient tribe of blacks) they had evolved until it became a game of mix of dance and sticks, called Grimes (fencing), with which the participants were defending themselves and Paravano shots.
With a higher degree of difficulty and audacity, you can use knives instead of sticks, which gives a nice visual effect of sparks after each shot.

The story goes that Maculelé was a black slave and escaped with a skin disease. He was in and cared for by an Indian tribe, but still not able to participate in activities with the group, because she was not an Indian.

Once Maculelé was left alone in the village, when the tribe was absent for hunting. And behold, a rival tribe appear to take over the territory.

Maculelé affontò only by the rival group and heroically won the dispute. Since then it was considered a hero in the tribe.

Dance with sticks symbolized the struggle against Maculelé warriors.

Brasil tropical show

Brasil tropical show