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Brazilian traditions: Festa de Sao Benedito (by Latuff)

by Latuff (latuff [at] uninet.com.br)
Copyright-free by Brazilian cartoonist Latuff, on behalf of Brazilian people...my people.
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Dear brothers and sisters-in-arts,

Last weekend I was in Barra do Jucu, city of Vila Velha, state of Espirito Santo, Brazil. There I followed a traditional event from local culture: Festa de Sao Benedito. Tradition tells that a ship carrying slaves along Espirito Santo coast shipwrecked and they called on Sao benedito (Catholic Black saint) for his protection. They were immediately saved by ship's flagpole. The Festa de Sao Benedito turned into the most popular in whole state. The "Fincada do Mastro" (driving flagpole) is carried out in December 27, in front of Barra do Jucu church, and removal at January 20. Procession goes through streets of Barra do Jucu, on the rythm of "congo", traditional music which mix elements from Indigenous, Portuguese and, mainly, Black African culture.

On Sunday happened the removal of flagpole and the following pictures intend to depict a few of this Brazilian tradition. Hope you like it.

Thank you!

Latuff
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by Latuff (latuff [at] uninet.com.br)
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Little girl carries one of Sao Benedito's banners during procession.
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by Latuff (latuff [at] uninet.com.br)
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Old woman, member of a "congo" band, also carries a banner.
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by Latuff (latuff [at] uninet.com.br)
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Members of "congo" band perform percussion instruments 'till their fingers bleed.
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by Latuff (latuff [at] uninet.com.br)
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Rythm is performed almost in trance.
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by Latuff (latuff [at] uninet.com.br)
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Member of "congo" band perform (left) a typical musical instrument called "cassaca" or "casaca."
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by Latuff (latuff [at] uninet.com.br)
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Boy performs drum in front of Barra do Jucu church, where flagpole is driven in.
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by Latuff (latuff [at] uninet.com.br)
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People touch flagpole saving prayers to Sao Benedito.
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by Latuff (latuff [at] uninet.com.br)
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People touch flagpole saving prayers to Sao Benedito.
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by Latuff (latuff [at] uninet.com.br)
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Local priest starts a collective prayer, showing to crowd a statue of Sao Benedito.
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by Latuff (latuff [at] uninet.com.br)
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One of the "congo" performers saves a prayer to Sao Benedito.
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by Latuff (latuff [at] uninet.com.br)
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Members of "congo" band remove flagpole from Sao Benedito church.
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by Latuff (latuff [at] uninet.com.br)
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Members of "congo" band remove flagpole from Sao Benedito church.
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by Latuff (latuff [at] uninet.com.br)
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Flagpole is then carryed out in procession on the streets of Barra do Jucu and kept in the home of one of "congo" band members.
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by Latuff (latuff [at] uninet.com.br)
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In December, another procession will carry flagpole again to Barra do Jucu church.
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Loki
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Say what?
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Pro Latuff 4 ever.
Sat, Jan 25, 2003 9:48AM
BTB
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thanks
Fri, Jan 24, 2003 5:17PM
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