You will prepare and submit a term paper on Capoeira in the Context of Brazilian Culture. Your paper should be a minimum of 2250 words in length. During the combat, the capoeiristas discover their strengths and weaknesses as well as their deep-seated anxieties. Although this process is often frustrating, it brings about an encompassing joy as well as a moment of individual expression, self-reflection, and development. Although much is known about capoeira, very little is known about its history, and therefore, this paper explores the historical cultural and historical background of capoeira in Brazil (Capoeira, 2003).
During the Middle Ages, Portugal experienced a sharp decline in its labor force as a result of people’s loss in the struggle for independence from Castile. This period was also characterized by numerous diseases that led to the loss of numerous lives. The mass exportation of people to Africa and India by the Portuguese colonial conquests heightened the problem. By the start of the sixteenth century, Portugal had begun the process of human trafficking to its South American colony of Brazil. Between the periods of 1500-1890, nearly four million people had been transferred from Portugal to Brazil. Although a treaty stopping human trafficking had been signed in 1850, it was not strong enough to prevent the mass exportation of slaves from Africa and other parts of the world to Brazil. The ethnocultural contributions of this enormous obligatory human immigration, together with those of the indigenous dwellers of the colony and those of the Europeans from Portugal, fashioned the people and the culture of the Brazilian nation (Urry, 2000).
The Africans brought along the basic elements of capoeira and this is clear from the aesthetics of movement as well as the art, customs, as well as philosophical principles that characterize it. Despite the numerous characteristics between capoeira and African elements, there is still confusion about whether this art had its genesis in Africa or Brazil. Over the years, many contemporary historians have tried to depict capoeira as a purely Brazilian affair with Brazil’s history and culture (Morton, 2005).