Local traditions and culture in Salvador da Bahia

  • 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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  • Olodum.
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    Olodum.

    by cachaseiro Written Feb 4, 2013

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    Olodum is a world famous band from Salvador and also a social project.
    It was founded more than 30 years ago by brazilian percussionist Neguinho do Samba and the main object is to teach children percission while keeping them off the streets and off crime and drugs while combatting racism and helping minoroties.
    Olodum usually plays one or two concerts a week in the old town of Salvador called Pelourinho and they have a house there called Casa do Olodum where you can get the tickets and see the schedules.
    Generally speaking they tend to play almost every tuesday at 8pm.
    They have been made world famous after people like Michael Jackson and Poul Simon recorded albums with them and they can be seen in the Michael Jackson video "they don't care about us" where they play with Michael Jackson in the streets of Pelourinho.
    If you walk through the streets of Pelourinho then you might also bump in to some of the children practising drumming and they have become a very important feature of the old part of Salvador these days.

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    Lembranca do Senhor do Bonfim da Bahia

    by ValbyDK Updated Mar 28, 2011

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    I got this good luck wristband in the old city of Salvador. It is supposed to grant wishes and protects. I got mine from a street vendor who didn’t have any change and gave me the wristband instead. You can also buy them and they only cost a few cents.

    On the wristband is written: “Lembranca do Senhor do Bonfim da Bahia”, which means “Souvenir of Our Lord of a Good End of Bahia” (Senhor do Bonfim is apparently one of the names used for Jesus).

    To bring good luck you tie it with three knots, and for each knot you make a wish. Then you wait for it to fall off, and when it does you must throw the wristband in the sea. If not, your wishes will not come true and you will also be hunted with bad luck…

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    Always Haggle

    by Zarasher Written Feb 12, 2007

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    If someone can get triple the price for an item from you, they will.

    I bought two paintings for 305 for the pair, after originally being told 280 each. It did take about ten minutes to get the price down but its worth it if you don't have bundles of cash to be splashing around.

    For smaller items it isn't important and you don't want to go everywhere looking like a complete cheapskate.

    Cab haggling is a vital skill, and you can nearly always negotiate a price for longer journeys. Even from the airport you can get the price down from the regular 76 that is quoted to about 45.

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    Most famouse brasilian shoes: flip flops

    by ludogatto Written Jan 1, 2006

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    Everybody wear flip flop, from the most expensived fashion brand, but the most of all buy Havaianas or Dupè in the supermarket...u can find towsend of colors, designs....so one day we was at the beach with some brasilian and italian friends and we putted all the pairs in 2 lines....it's like a Keith Hearing pop art exibition!

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    AMENDOIM!

    by Kittelite Written Aug 22, 2005

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    If you go to Salvador for the first time, you will surely wonder what the boys with the big bowls on the shoulders are selling... This is PEANUTS!! Fresh peanuts , boiled in salted water until tender like the beans they really are!!
    This snack is cheap (around 1 R$ per serving- or 3 packs for a R$) It is healthy, and absolutely delicious when fresh!!(light coloured) Enjoy this yummy thing whenever you feel like a snack. It can substitute a light meal too!

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    Local Newspaper

    by msp_ssa Written Dec 24, 2004

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    If you have a grasp of Portuguese, or even Spanish to some degree, you can get an idea of what life is like in Salvador from its local papers. There's access on the web to the largest paper in town called A Tarde.

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    Jorge Amado

    by Andreas_Fran Updated Feb 16, 2004

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    A great novelist whose stories of life in the Brazilian northeast won international acclaim.
    Amado became a journalist in 1930, and his literary career paralleled acareer in radical politics that won him election to the Constituent Assembly as a federal deputy representing the Communist Party of Brazil in 1946. He was imprisoned as early as 1935 and periodically exiled for his leftist activities, and many of his books were banned in Brazil and Portugal.
    He continued to produce novels with facility, most of them picaresque, ribald tales of Bahian city life, especially that of the racially conglomerate lower classes. Gabriela, cravo e canela (1958; Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon) and Dona Flor e seus dois maridos (1966; Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands; film, 1978) both preserve Amado's politicalattitude in their satire.
    It is A MUST to visit "The Jorge Amado House Foundation" in Pelourinho...

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    Capitaes da areia

    by andal13 Updated Jul 26, 2003

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    "Captains of Sand" is the title of a novel by Jorge Amado, the most important and famous of Bahian writers. This novel shows the life of the Bahian children that live in the streets (and beaches). When I saw this kid, with his sad and thoughtful face, I remembered those "captains of the sand".

    "Capitanes de la arena" es el título de una novela de Jorge Amado, el más importante y famoso de los escritores bahianos. Esta novela muestra la vida de los niños bahianos que viven en la calle (y en la playa). Cuando vi este niño, con su carita triste y pensativa, recordé aquellos "capitanes de la arena".

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    Fishermen

    by andal13 Updated Jul 26, 2003

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    There are many fishermen that still use ancient methods; the picture shows some fishermen at Ilha da Mare.

    Hay muchos pescadores que aún utilizan métodos antiguos; la foto muestra algunos pescadores en Ilha da Mare.

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    You don't have to tip too much...

    by msp_ssa Updated Aug 26, 2002

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    You don't have to tip too much in Salvador. In fact in some small restaurants the waiter might even look at you funny if you try to leave a tip. It doesn't hurt to round up the bill if you feel that the service was good or helpful. This is especially the case in the more tourist populated locales.

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    If you don't have the heart to...

    by msp_ssa Written Aug 26, 2002

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    If you don't have the heart to say no to a begging child in the street it might be better to give him or her something other than money. One friend of mine used to give candy or pencils and paper to the kids. It might not be a bad idea to pack something like that and carry it around in your purse or backpack.

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    Love those phones

    by acemj Updated Nov 8, 2003

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    The public phones come in all kinds of interesting shapes and colors. This one is a coconut, but you'll see all kinds of Brazilian themed phones.

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