Beautiful Bahia Women

You may be wondering why I am doing a post about Bahia women? Well, they are very much part of the culture of Bahia and they are so beautiful and colorful in the way they dress, I just had to do a separate post. Many of the women here in Salvador, Bahia are dark skinned, and Bahia is the heart of Afro Brazilian culture.

When you enter Pelourinho in Salvador you are met by Bahian women wearing traditional Bahian dresses.
The outfit of a Bahia woman is a turban, starched skirts of colorful pattern, shawl over the shoulder and bracelets and necklaces. The dress is normally used in religious ceremonies but many of the women wear them in the Historic district in Salvador. Many use it it as a means to get tourists like us to pay for photos!

Many of the traditions that the slaves brought with them still persist to this day. The religion of Candomble was brought from West Africa and then blended with Catholicism as slaves got creative while their masters attempted to forced them into practicing Catholicism. Capoeira, the dancing, kicking, spinning and wildly athletic martial art practiced all over Brazil, but more prevalently in Salvador, is thought to have been brought by slaves from Angola. The music in Salvador and all over Brazil is largely influenced by the drum beats and rhythms of African music and use a musical bow called a Berimbau. All of these things are the culture of Bahia.

What do you think? Would I make a good Bahia woman? 🙂
Today is a SPECIAL day…our sweet daughter is celebrating her birthday! Her 23rd Birthday. We are wishing her a very special day and wishing we were home to celebrate.
Happy Birthday Laura! We LOVE you so MUCH!!

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Adventure For Two

I am from Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, Canada and I'm back from traveling with my husband on an expat assignment to foreign lands. 2011-2012 we were in Shenyang, China. Spring 2012- Spring 2013 we were in Resende,RJ Brazil then back to Shenyang, China in July 2013 until the end of July 2014. Expat life WAS amazing! Adventure abounds no matter where we travel to. We really enjoyed the amazing opportunity to live and experience culture and tradition in these places. BUT now we are finished and adjusting to life in our small town in Canada. Our days of travel and adventure are not over.

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