Salvador 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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  • Olodum.
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  • 1. Bahian dress

    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...

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  • 2. Bahian Food

    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...

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  • 3. Fitas

    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...

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  • 4. Berimbau

    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...

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  • 5. Capoeira

    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...

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  • 6. Cafezinho

    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...

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  • 7. Carnaval

    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...

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  • 8. Dance

    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...

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  • 9. Acaraje

    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...

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  • 10. Candomble

    To understand a little bit more Salvador and its 'povo', please read something about Orisha, Condomblè and the slevary before visiting this palce..... Like Capoeira Orisha was the answer of the...

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  • 11. Olodum.

    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...

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  • 12. Lembranca do Senhor do Bonfim da Bahia

    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...

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  • 13. Always Haggle

    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...

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  • 14. Most famouse brasilian shoes: flip flops

    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,...

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  • 15. AMENDOIM!

    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...

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  • 16. Local Newspaper

    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...

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  • 17. Jorge Amado

    A great novelist whose stories of life in the Brazilian northeast won international acclaim.Amado became a journalist in 1930, and his literary career...

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  • 18. Capitaes da areia

    "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...

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  • 19. Fishermen

    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...

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

    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...

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

    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...

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  • 22. Love those phones

    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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