• Short Summary

    THIS COVERAGE IS OF THE FREEDOM DAY CELEBRATIONS IN BRAZIL THE CEREMONY I ATTENDED WAS "THE MACUMBA" AN AFRO-CATHOLIC STYLE OF RELIGION WHICH IS PRACTISED BY THE NEGROES OF BRAZIL.

  • Description

    THIS COVERAGE IS OF THE FREEDOM DAY CELEBRATIONS IN BRAZIL THE CEREMONY I ATTENDED WAS "THE MACUMBA" AN AFRO-CATHOLIC STYLE OF RELIGION WHICH IS PRACTISED BY THE NEGROES OF BRAZIL. FROM AUTHORITIVE CIRCLES IN BRAZIL I HAVE BEEN TOLD THIS RELIGIOUS CEREMONY HAS RARELY IF EVER BEEN SEEN ON ANY WORLD TELEVISION.

    ON FRIDAY 13 MAY WAS THE DAY IN 1882 WHEN THE NEGROES WERE FREED FROM SLAVERY. ONCE A YEAR THIS DAY IS CELEBRATED IN OUT OF THE WAY PLACES. I MANAGED TO GET IN ON THIS ONE ON FRIDAY 13 NIGHT. YESTERDAY (MAY 13) WAS THE ONE YEARLY CEREMONY.

    THE HIGH PRIEST ("PAI DO SANTO" CHIEF OF SAINTS) ATTENDED BY HIS PRIESTESS PERFORM THE RITES BEFORE AN ALTAR WHERE STATUS OF CHRIST, MARY, PETER, JOHN AND OTHER SAINTS STAND. THE PLACE (THIS WAS ON TOP OF THE NEAR WOODS) WAS LIGHT BY CANDLES AND THE PRIEST AND PRIESTESS, DOMINATED OVER BY THE HIGH PRIEST, WORKED THEMSELVES UP WITH PASSIONS. WHICH LEFT THEM SHAKING, HYPNOTISED AND IN A TRANCE SOME WOULD SHAKE VIOLENTLY AND THEN FALL TO GROUND. HYSTERIA RAN RIOT AS THEY DANCED FOR JOY ONE FREEDOM DAY THEY DRANK "CAXACHA" A 100% ALCOHOL SPIRIT (I HAD SOME) WHICH HELPS TO GET THE HEP. THE HIGH PRIEST GOES THRO' VARIOUS TYPES OF HEAD GEAR. THE WOMEN END UP SHAKING IN HYPNOTIC TRANCE WHILE PRIESTS PERFORM THE WEIRD STATES OF ANIMATION.

    FOOTBALL PLAYERS ON RIOS MANY PITCHER PLAYING ON "FREEDOM DAY" THOUSANDS OF YOUNGSTERS SPEND ALL THEIR SPARE TIME DOING NOTHING ELSE - PLAYING ON, HARD GROUND, SOFT SAND, TURF, FROM DAWN TO MIDNIGHT NONE STOP. WHEN ONE GAME FINISHES - ANOTHER GROUP TAKES THEIR PLACE NO WONDER THE HAVE NONE WORKS CHAMPIONSHIP TWO YEARS RUNNING 1958 & 1964 THE TWO DOMINATING THINGS HERE ARE FOOTBALL AND RELIGION WITH THIS WEIRD "MACUMBA". THE NEGRO RELIGIOUS FERVOUR AND DEXTERITY OF BODY IS BROUGHT OUT IN THE CHILLING THEIR DEVOTION & FANTASTIC THE COUPLING OF THESE TWO STRONG EMOTIONS IS SOMETHING ARRIVING TO BLACK MAGIC.

    NO COUNTRY IN THE WORLD REMOTELY COMPARES TO THIS IN DEVOTION TO A GAME THE ANSWER TO THEIR SUPREMACY IS THE CONSTANT PRAYING THRO' OUT BRAZIL. IT IS A NATIONAL OCCUPATION.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAA5YYNHZ78ZVSCP5738X2MZJ8O
    Media URN:
    VLVAA5YYNHZ78ZVSCP5738X2MZJ8O
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/05/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:17:26:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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