Год издания: 2007
Издатель: University of Texas Press
Количество страниц: 264
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Capoeira, a Brazilian battle dance and national sport, has become popular all over the world. First brought to Brazil by African slaves and first documented in the late eighteenth century, capoeira has undergone many transformations as it has diffused throughout Brazilian society and beyond, taking on a multiplicity of meanings for those who participate in it and for the societies in which it is practiced. In this book, Maya Talmon Chvaicer combines cultural history with anthropological research to offer an in depth study of the development and meaning of capoeira, starting with the African cultures in which it originated and continuing up to the present day.Using a wealth of primary sources, Talmon Chvaicer analyzes the outlooks on life, symbols, and rituals of the three major cultures that inspired capoeira - the Congolese (the historic area known today as Congo-Angola), the Yoruban, and the Catholic Portuguese cultures. As she traces the evolution of capoeira through successive...