Unknown Capoeira, Volume Two: A History of the Brazilian Martial Art

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North Atlantic Books, 2012 - Sports & Recreation - 198 pages
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Capoeira's unique blend of martial art, dance, and thrilling sport has made it an increasingly popular activity worldwide. But its origins have been shrouded in mystery and its complex history not well understood. For volume two of his Unknown Capoeira series, Mestre Ricardo Cachorro has done extensive archival research to shed light on these shadowy areas. Reaching back as far as the year 1415, Cachorro documents the cultures and individuals that gave birth to—and helped alter and redefine— capoeira. He uncovers its beginnings in the dramatic saga of the Akindele family, who lived in a storied Yoruba kingdom in pre-Colonial Africa, and in the vibrant culture of newly explored Bahia de Todos os Santos in 1531. Cachorro continues his investigation with the Feitorias and Capitanias—the legendary sugarcane mills of the seventeenth century—an important but little-known cradle of capoeira. He explores the historical and cultural aspects of each significant period of the discipline's development from ancient Africa to present-day Brazil, in the process profiling its key contemporary players and answering such longstanding questions as why capoeira did not emerge in other enslaved countries of the New World.

 

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Contents

Loans or THE ATLANTIC
26
The Spanish Slave Trade
34
The EnglishBritish Slave Trade
40
The French Slave Trade
46
The Dutch Slave Trade
52
The DanishNorwegian Slave Trade
58
The American Slave Trade
61
The Swedish Slave Trade
69
The Distribution of Slaves in Brazil
95
The N Golo or the Dance of the Zebras
105
Bantu Traits in Brazil
115
The Cousins ofCapoeira
124
Batuque Rituals Nations and Candomblé
138
A Rural Diversion
157
The Maltas in General
169
Razor Handkerchief and Prestige in Capoeira
176

Tue CRADLE or Carouna
75
The Ethnic Groups
83
Resistance and Social Placement
89
Capoelra Angola
183
GLOSSARY or YQRIIJBA Wonns
190
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About the author (2012)

Mestre Ricardo Cachorro holds a red-cord graduation from Grupo Bantus de Capoeira at Morro do Pav o e Pav ozinho--poverty-stricken slums in the middle of rich suburbs of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He was the first Master of the YMCA Capoeira Group in Governor's Island in 1975. The following year, he became a certified Mestre from the first federation of capoeira of Rio de Janeiro and in the same year he introduced capoeira in a live TV show filmed in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, sponsored by the local YMCA. In the early 1970s the author joined the Olympic gymnastics team of Rio de Janeiro's Fluminense Football Club, where he specialized in floor exercises with special focus on acrobatic body mechanics.

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