These activists are fighting for the support of the Brazilian government to back a museum dedicated to Afro-Brazilian culture and history.
On a recent Saturday in Rio de Janeiro, the Filhos de Ghandi afoxé group congregated at the Cais do Valongo (Valongo Wharf) to celebrate the naming of the area as a UNESCO World Heritage center. Clad in blue and white robes, the group’s members danced to African drum rhythms. Many of the dances were dedicated to specific orixá gods. The public, many of whom learned about the event through a public Facebook event, watched or joined in on the celebration.
One hundred years ago, such public celebration so strongly connected to the Candomblé religion would have been prohibited.
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