CAPOEIRA - Understanding Afro

A Brazilian Martial Art
Brazil is the largest country in South America
Brazil’s landscape is very diverse
Amazon Rain Forest
 Grasslands
 Wetlands
 Pine Forests
 Plateaus
 Coastal Plain
The national language in
Brazil is Portuguese
Oi, Tudo Bem?
Brazil is home to many
different types of plants
and animals
Brazil has a vast economy
producing both
industrial and
agricultural products
Capoeira was developed over 400 years ago by
Africans who were enslaved by the Portuguese
and brought to Brazil
The exact origins are unknown
We do Know…
 Created by the Africans who were enslaved in Brazil
 Way to disguise fighting as a dance to trick the authorities
 A fight for freedom from oppression
After the abolition of slavery capoeira and
other African cultural practices were
forbidden by the government in 1890
Samba de Roda
Capoeira Regional
Mestre Bimba
Medium to fast rhythm
Incorporates many acrobatic movements
As its popularity grew, Brazilians from a
variety of backgrounds began to practice
Mestre Pastinha
Slower rhythm
Played closer to the ground than Regional
Apelido- nick name
Capoeira- an Afro-Brazilian Martial Art
Capoeirista- a person who practices capoeira
Roda- literally means circle, in capoeira it is the
circle where capoeira is played
Capoeira is played in a circle
called a roda
The roda consists of:
•Two players in the center
•Other capoeiristas clapping and singing
Today, Brazilians have brought capoeira to
many different countries in the world
Through capoeira, people all around the
world can learn about Brazilian history and

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