Estado da Bahia Local Customs

  • Olodum children practising.
    Olodum children practising.
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  • Taking a break in between drumming lessons.
    Taking a break in between drumming...
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  • Acarajé from street vendors
    Acarajé from street vendors
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Estado da Bahia Local Customs

  • Bahian dress

    Salvador da Bahia Local Customs

    When you enter Pelourinho in Salvador you’ll be met by baiana women wearing traditional Bahian dresses. The outfit of a baiana woman is turban, starched skirts of colourful pattern, shawl over the shoulder - or tied to the breast - and bracelets and necklaces. Today the dress is normally used in religious ceremonies – or by the women you’ll...

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  • Bahian Food

    Salvador da Bahia Local Customs

    Bahian cuisine has the influence of Portuguese, African and Indian cultures with a predominance of local exotic ingredients. Is characterized by the generous use of malagueta chili peppers and dende oil extracted from an African palm tree. Several Bahian dishes also contain seafood (usually shrimps), coconut milk, banana and okra. When you are in...

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  • Fitas

    Salvador da Bahia Local Customs

    I went to Salvador in 2007 and had my wrist covered in these beautiful Bahia Wish Bracelets. Long story short, I long ago forgot about them and the story behind them until I recently came across them again in an article. I miss Salvador and I miss the great tradition of Brazilian Wish Bracelets! All my wishes came true! Anywho, you can buy them...

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  • Capoeira

    Salvador da Bahia Local Customs

    Capoeira is a unique Afro-Brazilian art form that combines elements of martial arts, dance, music and acrobatics. But capoiera is much more; it is a ritual and a philosophy, a cultural tradition and a way of life. It was invented by African slaves in Brazil over 450 years ago. The African slaves that came to Brazil brought with them their...

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  • Berimbau

    Salvador da Bahia Local Customs

    The Brazilian berimbau is a single-string percussion instrument, braced musical bow or African origin. It consists of a wooden bow (traditionally made from biribi wood) about 1,2 - 1,5 m long, with a steel string tightly strung and segured from one end of a bow to the other. Beside its close assotiation with capoeira, the berimbau has long been...

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  • Acaraje

    Salvador da Bahia Local Customs

    Acareje is street food eaten at any time as a snack. It consists of a patty, made from mashed feijao fradinho (black-eyed beans). The mash is deep-fried in dende oil (derived from a nut found on the dende palm). Acaraje is usually eaten accompanied by camarao (small sundried shrimp), pimenta (hot pepper sauce), vatapa, caruru and salada (diced...

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  • Dance

    Salvador da Bahia Local Customs

    I stayed in Bahia from 16th until 25th June (S. Joao). Everywhere you could hear "forro", and in the night there are forro bands all over. You´ll have to learn and dance it (and very close one each other)! For those like me, who never heard forro before, listen to Calzinha Preta.

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  • Cafezinho

    Salvador da Bahia Local Customs

    At any time of the day you will see these little coffee-cars with with decorations beyond imagination especially in the city center. Some are very basic, but lots of them are equipped with fantastic loudspeakers, and painted like the real trio electricos. They offer coffee and tea and cocoa, always quite sweet, with or without milk, in little...

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  • Carnaval

    Salvador da Bahia Local Customs

    New info on the last 2005 Salvador Carnaval in my new Travelogue. Carnaval is Locura Total : for 6 day and 6 night million of people dancing, singing and drinking. The old carnival consisted of big party with brass band, hornet singer.....dancing all the night. In the 50’s Dodo e osmar started to play on little truck with simply soundblaster,...

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  • In Praia do Forte village …

    … we saw these masks on the roof of a house. I didn’t see them anywhere else and am not sure of their significance. I suspect they may be intended to protect the house from evil spirits – but they could just be for decoration. Does anyone out there know more?

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  • Salvador Praia Hotel

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  • Etnia Pousada & Boutique

    CX.P. 142, Trancoso, State of Bahia, 45818-000, Brazil

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

  • Villas de Trancoso

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  • Pousada Burundanga

    Itacare, State of Bahia, 45.530-000, Brazil

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

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    Rodovia Ilh�us/OlivenÁa, Km 02 - Praia do Sul, I

  • Privillage Praia Pousada de Charme

    Estrada da Pitinga 1800, Arraial d'Ajuda, State of Bahia, 45816000, Brazil

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

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    Ladeira Da Igreja, Caravelas, BR

  • Geographic Boipeba

    Pca de Boipeba 12, Ilha de Boipeba, , State of Bahia, 45420000, Brazil

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

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