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Stanzas and Sticks: Poetic and Physical Challenges in the Afro-Brazilian Culture of the Paraiba Valley, Rio de Janeiro

Röhrig Assunção, Matthias (2014) 'Stanzas and Sticks: Poetic and Physical Challenges in the Afro-Brazilian Culture of the Paraiba Valley, Rio de Janeiro.' History Workshop Journal, 77 (1). 103 - 136. ISSN 1363-3554

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Abstract

This article examines physical and poetic challenges among men in the post-emancipation society of the Paraíba valley, in the state of Rio de Janeiro. Challenges were common in cultural forms such as jongo, calango, Folia de Reis (Kings’ Folly) and jogo de pau (stick playing). These challenges allowed poor men from coffee plantations, cattle estates and nearby villages to display their physical dexterity as well as their poetic skills, and ultimately to assert their value as human beings in a society that otherwise denied them access to basic citizen rights.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: F History United States, Canada, Latin America > F1201 Latin America (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > History, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2014 17:17
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2019 13:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/8774

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