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Capoeira Palmares Papers

Read stories or tales, or explicit opinion oriented texts and comments over capoeira, our contribution to what we have called in another place capoeirology.

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Sorry so few of these text exist in English translation; thanks to all people of good will who might help us to post them.

A falsidade.
One of the major attitudes of capoeiristas, falseness [march 16, 2002].
A rasteira.
Lúcia Palmares recalls a memorable sweep and wonders why the art of sweeps seems to vanish in the past. In Portuguese or French [may 1997].
Mulher na capoeira
In the late 1960's, a woman capoeirista's troubles told by Lúcia Palmares in Portuguese, with a translation in colloquial french [nov 20, 2004, rev. dec 17, 2004].


Capoeira Music

Quand la musique est bonne...
Opinion about what is a good capoeira orchestra. [19 jan 2005, in French]
Pelejando no Canto
North-Eastern Brazil poets singing challenges seems outdated now in capoeira. Why? Our version of the famous Peleja de Riachão e do Negro. [June 22, 2006, rev. June 28, 2008 in portuguese]
"Capoeira no terreiro de Waldemar"
Musician Eunice Catunda's article, published 1952, with notes by Pol Briand, , (1 jan 2006, in Portuguese or in french translation)
A master's record
A presentation of master Traíra and master Cobrinha Verde's LP issued about 1962, by P. Briand (28 mar 2007).

The capoeiristas

Palavras, palavras, palavras
reflexions over capoeira in physical training classes in french high schools, over the uses of words in teaching practical arts, in school and in capoeira. In Portuguese. [feb. 23, 2001]
Ética na capoeira ou ética da capoeira
When abuse occurs in capoeira, should we react by trying to force ethics into capoeira practice, or look into capoeira for resources against wrong deeds? In Portuguese [april 1998].
Aos organizadores.
To those who want to build federative institutions for capoeira, we argue that capoeira has its own efficient ways of collective behaviour, that preserves its plasticity and reactiveness to the times. In Portuguese [jan 27, 2002].
Les maîtres et les dieux (Masters and gods).
By Hélène Roqueta. A view over the diversity of capoeira masters. See also Lexique:Mestre. [May 16, 2007, in French].
La capoeira comme vision du monde (capoeira as a worldvision).
A translation of an interview in Portuguese with (Eduardo de Andrade Veiga, philosopher of education, by Luiz Jean Lauand, memories of his aprenticeship in master Bimba's academy, and a retrospective synthesis of what he retained from it.


Os documentos históricos da capoeira e seus períodos -- Capoeira historiography.

Capoeiristas often invoke history. We contribute providing source texts. Our goal is to gather evidence from the past, that could help us to better our practice of the capoeira game. How must we select documents? The term capoeira may be misleading because, much like the English rogue or ruffian, the litterate have used it not only to denominate a specific game, or even an attitude, but also to point derogatorily to any kind of unwanted activity. It is insufficient because players may have used another, local, name, or may have prefered a less desultory term. We must exclude logical definitions, that would lead to inclusion or exclusion of a document. First, capoeiristas do not set a clear limit on what is capoeira. Second, games are inbedded within society, so we must include elements of context in our research. We define an aim, not a limit, so as to study a balanced set of documents. To avoid the construction of myths based on an intemporal view of capoeira, we divide history into periods, roughly half the span of an old-timer's memory, between what appears to be turning points in Brazilan thought. We then sum up context and the relevant documents for each period.

By P. Briand [rev. June 17, 2007, in Portuguese or en français].

Dúvidas sobre o estudo da história da da capoeira
Capoeira, an unaristocratic pastime living in oral transmission, did not leave much documents for historians to study, and until relatively recent times they convey exclusively hostile outsiders' point of view, which might make them of little use to the student of capoeira. In Portuguese [oct. 2002, rev. 18 nov 2004].
Debret au Brésil, l'accomplissement d'une ambition.
A short account of french painter Debret's residence in Rio de Janeiro from 1816 to 1831 and his Voyage Pittoresque et Historique au Brésil, by Pol Briand. In French [in Brasiliana exposition catalog, Fribourg (Switzerland), 1999]
A propos des droits d'auteur et d'internet
Capoeira is a new subject, so the most interesting writings about it are covered by copyright, and they cannot be republished legally, althrough practically no one has access to them. In French [oct 2002/rev. jul 2004]

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