Brazilian dances

Maculele

Maculele

This is a Brazilian dance with Afro-Indian roots. It cannot be told for sure when it appeared. Many different legends are told about this dance.

Here is one of the most popular legends:

In some village all the adults were away hunting, only women and children left. When another tribe attacked the village, there was no one there to resist the attack. Then a boy named Maculele drank a magical portion jurema, got braveness and force and withstood the enemies. In his hands he had only wooden sticks.

As he didnt know how to fight, he danced and as a result defeated the whole army of the enemies. Nowadays Maculele is danced in many capoeira groups.

The costume consists of straw skirts and two wooden sticks.