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.