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Maranhão, images of a Brazilian paradise

Maranhão, images of a Brazilian paradise

images of Maranhão / imágenes de Maranhão

I’ve just received Blurb’s website you can preview the first 14 pages of the book. Here’s a photo with the thumbnails of the entire book:

full index / índice completo

The book is divided in three parts. The first one is dedicated to the Lençóis Maranhenses, the second to the cities of São Luís and Alcântara and the third block has photos of the festas juninas and the wonderful Bumba-meu-boi.

images of Maranhão / imágenes de Maranhão

images of Maranhão / imágenes de Maranhão

images of Maranhão / imágenes de Maranhão

The book can be purchased through Blurb, where you will be able to see all the details. Books are sent from the US and Europe to destinations throughout the world.

November 30, 2008 | By More
Maranhão in June: index

Maranhão in June: index

tambor de crioula (São Luís)

Time does fly! It’s now a year since we went to Maranhão. I’d like to take the opportunity to leave here an index to the information published since then on São Luís do Maranhão and the Lençóis Maranhenses. It is June, after all, a very special month for the region, as it is now when the festas juninas and the bumba-meu-boi festival take place:

June 21, 2007 | By More
Brazilian videos: <i>festas juninas</i> in São Luís

Brazilian videos: festas juninas in São Luís

This is the second video from the deviajeabrasil.com collection.

It’s longer than the previous one (5 minutes) as it portrays a Brazilian festival that is hardly known outside Brazil and even inside the Brazilian boundaries. I’m talking about the festas juninas -very popular all throughout Brazil- they way they are lived in São Luís, capital of the state of Maranhão. The video presents three different folk displays:

  • the tambor de crioula, an Afro-Brazilian dance practiced mainly by descendents of African slaves. Three drums, each one with a specific function, dictate the rhythm.
  • the quadrilha, a dance of English origin, present in the festas juninas of all Brazil.
  • and the bumba-meu-boi, of which I gave quite a lot of information a couple of days ago here.

The soundtrack for each of the three blocks corresponds to the music played during the events.

You can watch the video on the YouTube screen provided below. This time I haven’t been able to make a high-resolution version available, as the file is too big and I haven’t found a provider that will host the file for free. A pity as the version hosted by YouTube leaves quite a lot to be desired in terms of quality.It is an audiovisual presentation, so make sure your computer speakers are on! Hope you enjoy it.

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May 17, 2007 | By More