war of canudos

My great-great-grandfather, Colonel Biu das Quengas, fought in the Canudos War, alongside defenders of the holy people. When the Army managed to kill the chief Antônio Conselheiro in the final attack in 1892, my great-great-grandfather escaped because he invoked the divine protection of Blessed Zé Pilintra who appeared riding the Mysterious Peacock.


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Jô Oliveira is a Brazilian artist who is working on retablos depicting episodes from the history of his country and the modern day situation. This first retablo presents Ze Pilintra at the saint’s place. This is a spiritual being of Afro-Brazilian cults. He is usually portrayed as a dark spirit wearing a white suit and a hat.