• Short Summary

    A BELIEF IN "MACUMBA" - A VARIANT OF VOODOOISM -- IS STILL STRONG IN PARTS OF BRAZIL.

  • Description

    A BELIEF IN "MACUMBA" - A VARIANT OF VOODOOISM -- IS STILL STRONG IN PARTS OF BRAZIL. ORIGINATING FROM THE RELIGIOUS BELIEFS OF THE NEGRO SLAVES BROUGHT FROM AFRICAN AND INTERMINGLED WITH THE CATHOLIC FAITH OF THE PORTUGUESE SETTLERS, THE "MACUMBA" RITES ARE STRANGE INDEED TO THE UNINITIATED. ThIS FILM, SHOT IN THE POORER AREA OF RIO DE JANEIRO, SHOWS A "MACUMBA" LEADER AND HIS FOLLOWERS CELEBRATING A FESTIVAL.

    THIS FESTIVAL WAS THE FEAST OF ST. BARBARA - "QUEEN OF TEMPESTS, WIND, THUNDER, LIGHTNING AND PROTECTOR OF CHILDREN."
    LEADING THE CELEBRATIONS WAS ONE OF BRAZIL'S BEST KNOWN "MACUMBA PRIESTS" -- JOAOZINHO DE GOMEIA.

    HE COMMANDS THE RITES, AND HIS "YAOS", OR "SPIRIT SONS" OBEY HIS COMMANDS. ThE ENTIRE FEAST CONSISTS OF DRUMMING, DANCING AND CLAPPING. ThE RHYTHMS APPEAR TO PUT THE PARTICIPANTS INTO A TRANCE, AND WHEN THE DANCING REACHES ITS CLIMAX JOAOZINHO ALSO FALLS INTO A TRANCE. HE IS THEN SUPPOSED TO BE ABLE TO SPEAK WITH THE DEAD, OR IMITATE THE VOICES OF DEAD PEOPLE.

    THE FESTIVAL WAS PART OF THE ANNUAL SERIES OF "MACUMBA" RITES WHICH CULMINATE IN THE GREAT FESTIVAL OF IEMANJA, GODDESS OF THE SEA, WHICH TAKES PLACE AT MIDNIGHT ON DECEMBER 31 ON THE BEACHES OF RIO.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAEKZR5BDRGDJWVLBRS29WZJLH1
    Media URN:
    VLVAEKZR5BDRGDJWVLBRS29WZJLH1
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/12/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:50:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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