Different Maracatus

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The inland city of Nazaré da Mata is known as the Capital of Maracatu due to the 22 maracatu groups that exist in there (here’s a list of most of them).  Aside from the fact that the whole concept behind maracatu is really interesting, two of the groups on the list stood out for their differences: the Maracatu Coração Nazareno (made up of only women) and the Maracatu Sonho de Criança (made up of only kids).

Maracatu Coração Nazareno

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This all-female maracatu group is a way to take the delicacy, lightness, feminitity and strength of a woman to an environment made up mainly of men. Having been founded in 2004, with its first show in 2005, the 72-woman group was formed by the Women’s Association of Nazaré da Mata and is the only group of its kind in Brazil. They have since started artistic workshops where they create all the outfits and adornments needed for their shows. One of their goals is to educate young women as cultural agents and to give continuity to this particular artform.

With the formation of the group, the project has succeeded in minimizing indexes of sexual and domestic violence, drug use, youth prostitution, aside from incentivizing stronger family ties and stimulating the formation of citizens with critical thinking in order to be able to discuss public policies. [1]

Maracatu Sonho de Criança

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With an ever more globalized world, one of the biggest challenges for any city is, without a doubt, to be able to maintain its cultural traditions. And in Nazaré da Mata, it’s no different. Since 1997, Maracatu Mirim – Sonho de Criança, composed of more than 70 kids between 10 and 14 yrs old, has the mission of keeping alive the century-old heritage of Maracatu Rural.

According to the city government, the kids have meetings and weekly rehearsals. The effort has more than one goal which, aside from keeping the culture going strong, keeps the kids from getting into trouble. Their teacher, Manoel Galdino, says the kids come to him and ask to be a part of the group because they realize that it’s part of their culture and roots. [1]

 

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