Friday, 7 August 2009

how many capoeiras can you name?

In case you didn't notice a while ago I posted a poll with multiple questions asking what the definition of capoeira was.

I guess there is no right answer to that question, but in this particular case, all the answers could be found in Waldeloir Rego's seminal "Capoeira Angola Ensaio Socio-Etnografico" (1968). There's actually a whole chapter (chp 2) dedicated to the question.

Amongst the many definitions compiled in this book one can find:

- a basket made of sticks where birds like hens and other birds are kept

- an old carriage

- a brace (tipoia)

- the excavation at the bottom of a well

- wood that was cut down (a clearing)

- a sort of athletic game

- a bird also known as Uru

and others..

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