The Three Kings

On January 6, 2017, the traditional Folia dos Reis festival was declared historic cultural patrimony by the Minas Gerais state government. According to their research, the city with the most number of Folia dos Reis is Uberaba, with 106 separate annual festivals.

Folia dos Reis is an ostensibly Catholic festival that celebrates the Three Kings, but like many Brazilian catholic events it is infused with West African traditions brought over by enslaved people who changed the names of their Yoruba deities to Catholic saints to avoid persecution.

The Moises family has hosted a Folia dos Reis party every year in Uberaba, Minas Gerais, since 1894. It starts on December 24th and ends on the 3rd Saturday of January. The party takes place in the candomblé religious center where members of the matriarchal, extended family have lived for 130 years in a neighborhood undergoing rapid real estate speculation.

Nagila Souza and I made this short film at the request of the family, who want to share their traditions with the general public.

 

 

 

Brian Mierhttp://progressivebrazil.tumblr.com/
Writer, geographer and development professional who has lived in Brazil for 22 years. Former directorate member of the Fórum Nacional de Reforma Urbana (National Urban Reform Forum). Has lived in São Luis, Recife, Salvador, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. Author of “Os Megaeventos Esportivos na Cidade do Rio de Janeiro e o Direito á Cidade” (CEPR/Ford: Rio. 2016). Editor of "Voices of the Brazilian Left" (Sumare: São Paulo. 2018). Irregular correspondent for the Chicago radio show This is Hell.

Popular

spot_img

With Re-Election Hopes Bleak, Bolsonaro Bets On Privatising Petrobras

With his re-election looking unlikely, Jair Bolsonaro now tries to unify international capital and supporters of the 2016 coup around his candidacy with a...

‘Go back to the plantation’ – Curitiba moves to impeach 1st City Councilor

The first impeachment process against a city councilor in the 329-year history of Curitiba - the Brazilian city that most cherishes its "European heritage"...

“There Will Be A Coup”: Newspaper Editor Urges Journalists To Report Imminent Attempt To Sabotage Election

A veteran editor at Folha de S.Paulo, Brazil's biggest newspaper, criticises colleagues for failing to adequately report and prepare the public for an imminent...

Brazilian Armed Forces Sign Deal With Israeli Cybersecurity Firm To Help “Supervise Election”

By Paulo Motoryn. Originally published by Brasil de Fato. General Héber Garcia Portella, Commander of Cyber ​​Defense of the Brazilian Army (ComDCiber), was responsible for...