South American leaf frog (Phyllomedusa bahiana) 

Picure by Alex Popovkin, Bahia, Brazil


As Cores do Sagrado (Colors of the Sacred) is a collection of watercolors made by argentinian artist Carybé (1911-1997) in an attempt to register religious and cultural values in Bahia, between the 1950s and the 1980s. In the artist’s own words:

“This work simply intends to be an honest and accurate documentary of Candomblé. There are drawings from 1950 and even some from 1980, showing the festivities, clothing, symbols and ceremonies that I saw and experienced in this prodigious world that the slaves brought with them and stored in the depths of the heart of Bahia, a world lovingly watched over by the Iyalorixás and Babalorixás(…)”

Click here to download the whole set of images scanned from the catalogue


Brazilians Keep African Culture Alive in Salvador

Chega de brincadeira. Vamos, cara. Sem segredos, por favor, me diz: o que você faz pra eu te querer tanto? Me diz: o que você faz pra você ser o primeiro pensamento do meu dia? Feitiço? Ah, já sei! Aposto que foi promessa pra algum santo. Não é possível. Não é natural eu querer uma pessoa tanto assim. Não deve ser saudável também. Você me mostrou o que é paz, me mostrou uma explosão de sentimentos, me mostrou que toda a minha marra é em vão perto de você, porque né, ô moreno, você me desarma inteira.
—  Segundo dia com ele

Pataxo woman. Bahia, Brazil 2011. Photo by Fabio Steagall-Condé.
“The history of the colonization of Bahia’s southern region is a tragic history of tremendous violence exerted against the Indian inhabitants. During the latter half of the nineteenth and first decades of the twentieth century, Indian hunting became a profession in southern Bahia. Hired gunmen were often employed to kill Indians and clear the way for the establishment of great cacao plantations. The difficulties of the pursuit, however, soon caused the invaders to adopt new strategies: poisoning watering places, leaving smallpox-infected clothes in Indian areas, setting traps and so on. In 1936, pretending that a communist revolution was to begin there, the Bahian military police invaded the Reservations, shooting, beating and torturing the men and violating the women.”- Cultural Survival. 




CA. 500 BC - 650 AD

Dimensions:  height: 30 cm  (11 ¾ inches)

Whistle form with blow holes behind, shown standing with hands to the chest, wearing a necklace, ear plugs and bracelets, the lovely face with small decorative nose ring.  Produces a pure strong note when blown. The body decorated with brilliant yellow, red,  and blue polychrome.