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    A Brazilian Martial Art
A Brazilian Martial Art
Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art. Its origins animate a lively debate. The term "Capoeira Angola" denotes African origin, disputed by researchers who do not encounter similar forms of struggle in Africa.
Today the hypothesis most shared is that of a Brazilian fighting linked to the process of acculturizzazione of Bantu slaves communities: the agility and acrobatic skills of capoeira joined with the physical qualities of the black people, and soon became a form of defense against the slave.
As for the origins of the name, the most reliable interpretations are two the first would make descend from two words in dialect, Caipira-caa ("Forest") and puera ("it was"), or the forest, the place where the slaves revolted and that regrows after being burned, a symbol of perseverance and endurance; the second is related to the name of the wicker basket (capoeira) used to transport fowl that slaves used to put down while practicing their evolutions.
Salvador Mercado Modelo.
To mask his martial character Capoeira has evolved into a kind of acrobatic dance.
Salvador Mercado Modelo.
La Roda de Capoeiras is the place where spectators and musicians, singing the Chula, accompany the dancers while performing.
These photos are part of a photographic and documentary project, realized between 1996 and 2001 in Brazil. The original project has been developed in two different moments that have resulted in the creation of four documentaries shoted in the states of Amazonas, Roraima, Bahia, Minas Gerais and Parana', in addition to a portfolio that represents the synthesis. The cultural stratification which over the centuries has affected the Brazilian continent is still being seen today with anthropological and social connotations. The aim of photographic project shown here, is to grasp the signs in the culture and society of visited countries.