In comparison to the United States, where most African slaves were basically stripped of all their cultural traditions and practices, many Africans in Brazil still practiced at least modified versions of their cultural traditions, albeit sometimes in secret. Consequently, this has since developed into a very unique Afro-Brazilian culture that is now highly celebrated and honored here in Bahia.
We must not downplay the serious oppression, discrimination, inequality and poverty that still exists today and is largely a burden carried by people of color, likely grounded on this violent and abusive past. However, there also exists a deep pride within the “Bahiana” (Afro-Brazilian) culture and the entire region is now famous for it’s traditional and typical music, arts, dance and religion – including capoeira, samba and forro.
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