From Sea to Sertão

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From Sea to Serto is a book designed and illustrated with some of the most famous characters of the Northeastern Brazil folk culture. This book takes you on a journey from the coast in Recife and Olinda to the hinterlands of the state, called the Serto. This is Pernambuco, and it is very nice to meet you!

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<ul><li> STEPHANIE MEDEIROS to From Sea SertaoCHARACTERS OF PERNAMBUCO </li> <li> STEPHANIE MEDEIROS to From Sea SertaoCHARACTERS OF PERNAMBUCO </li> <li> ernambuco lcomerecife Carna BrazilPernamture sertaowelcoaval culturelinda Braz olin </li> <li> val mbuco me il da The state of Pernambuco on the Northeast of Brazil is known for its beautiful beaches, colorful folklore and rich culture. This little booklet explores some of the most traditional characters of Pernambucos capital Recife, the historical city of Olinda and peeks at the Serto, where many of these characters were originated. Open your senses and get to know a little bit more about the characters that shape our famous Carnaval traditional holiday. Go even further into the State to meet characters like Lampio and Maria Bonita, famous historical characters that epitomize someofthebasisoftheNortheastern Serto culture. Learn famous slangs from our vernacular, gems that you will only hear while spending a little time in Pernambuco. Everything you will see in this booklet makes part of the Pernambuco culture and has inuenced the lives of all who were born or have chosen to live in this beautiful state. It would be impossible to fully feel the richness of our state without ever getting to know a little bit about the background behind our most famous characters. This booklet will submerse you into a new and beautiful cultural cornucopia and ignite in you a deep appreciation for some of our most traditional symbols. If you are a local, it will remind you of how rich and diverse our traditions are, and if this is your rst time getting to know about our culture, you are gettingintoaveryfunandcolorfulride! Have fun on your journey. This is Pernambuco, and it is a great pleasure to meet you. from sea to sertao </li> <li> Recife (heh-see-fee) is the fth-largest metropolitan area in Brazil with nearly 3,800,000 inhabitants. It is the capital and the largest city of the state of Pernambuco. Its name is an allusion to the stone reefs that are present by the city's shores. The many rivers, small islands and over 50 bridges found in Recife city center characterize its geography and gives it the nick- name of "Brazilian Venice. Recife is a very beautiful and culturally rich city with a very unique identity. While visiting the city, you should denitely take stroll down the Boa Viagem beach, explore the history of the Dutch-inspired architecture of Old Recife and engage in the alternative scene of the parties in Casa Forte. recife </li> <li> Olinda (oh-leen-dah) is a histor- ic city in the Brazilian state of Pernambuco, just north of Recife. It has a population of nearly 400,000 people and is one of the best-preserved colo- nial cities in Brazil. Olinda features a number of major touristic attractions, such as a historic downtown area, church- es, and the Carnival of Olinda, a popular street party with various rhythms, traditions and the addition of African inuenced dances. During the year, people can go to Olinda to visit the historic sites, cultural centers and innumerous artist ateliers spread throughout the city. An indispensable stop by the S is recomended to who wishes to visit Olinda. There you can enjoy typical food such as tapioca while admiring the view. OLINDA </li> <li> The Sero, the Semi-arid lands of the Norheast of Brazil, also called the hinter- lands, are the more remote, less populated and developed pars of the state of Perambuco. Despite the harsh climate, this habitat is mostly used for agicultre, sugar cane, cattle and goat fars. The cultre of the Sero is theme to various imporant pieces of ar and literatre, like Gilbero Freyes acclaimed book Casa Grande e Senzala, 1933. Seranejo cultre has found itsway up to the urban scener of Recife. The cultral richness from the Sero inspires the veracular, culinar, fashion and music of the entire state and also for the developed cultre of bigger cities. Food from the Sero like queijo de coalho, (friedwhite cheese), queijo mantei- ga (butter cheese), care de sol (sundried meat), charque (jerked beef), cor cuscus, yamandtapioca(maniocourtorilla)are the quintessence of the tical culinar of Perambuco. Carnaval rnavalCarnaval Carnaval CarnavalCaraval CarnavalCarnaval Carnavalaval Car Ca </li> <li> C Ca Carn Carnava Carn carnaval de recife &amp; olinda The most famous party in Brazil, the Carnival, is an event that unites locals and tourists in a week of partying from the morning until the crack of dawn. The Carnival in Recife and Olinda has a distinct style that is greatly inuenced by the African, European and Native tribes that are part of the early history of Pernambuco. Brazilians are known for loving a good party, so Carnival festivities begin in the month of February and go into March. The Carnival in Recife is one of the biggest events of the country, with over 1.5 Million people joining in six straight days and nights of partying. The Galo da Madrugada or Rooster of Dawn signies the commence- ment of the Carnival in Recife, with everyone dancing to frevo and maracatu. The Carnival is free for all, with blocos - or groups - allowed to play their own variety of music and put up their own show on the streets. The magic of the Carnival continues in the colonial town of Olinda. Energetic crowds line the streets, dancing to the pulsating rhythms of drums and horns. No Carnival in Recife and Olinda is complete without costumes that range from the most exotic to the most outrageous. The Carnival in Recife and Olinda is all about having fun! These next pages are lled with famous characters, symbols and rhythmsthatencompasstherichness and singularity of this event that surpassed the party status long ago and became a stage for Pernambu- cos amazing cultural diversity. </li> <li> The Sero, the Semi-arid lands of the Norheast of Brazil, also called the hinter- lands, are the more remote, less populated and developed pars of the state of Perambuco. Despite the harsh climate, this habitat is mostly used for agicultre, sugar cane, cattle and goat fars. The cultre of the Sero is theme to various imporant pieces of ar and literatre, like Gilbero Freyes acclaimed book Casa Grande e Senzala, 1933. Seranejo cultre has found itsway up to the urban scener of Recife. The cultral richness from the Sero inspires the veracular, culinar, fashion and music of the entire state and also for the developed cultre of bigger cities. Food from the Sero like queijo de coalho, (friedwhite cheese), queijo mantei- ga (butter cheese), care de sol (sundried meat), charque (jerked beef), cor cuscus, yamandtapioca(maniocourtorilla)are the quintessence of the tical culinar of Perambuco. The Estandarte, or Carnival banner, is a decoratively designed and embroi- dered ag representing the Carnivals blocos, or associations, that parade with music and dance down the streetsduringtheCarnival.Thebanner is considered to be a sacred element bytheentiregroup,asymbolofhonor and the groups ag. Its location in the parade is previously decided: in the front or near the orchestra, always being protected by a guard of honor called the porta-estandarte. These blocos are very traditional groups and some have been parading on Recife and Olinda Carnivals for decades. Like in a Carnival bloco, our journey through some of the most famous Carnival characters starts with the Estandarte. estandarte </li> <li> The Sero, the Semi-arid lands of the Norheast of Brazil, also called the hinter- lands, are the more remote, less populated and developed pars of the state of Perambuco. Despite the harsh climate, this habitat is mostly used for agicultre, sugar cane, cattle and goat fars. The cultre of the Sero is theme to various imporant pieces of ar and literatre, like Gilbero Freyes acclaimed book Casa Grande e Senzala, 1933. Seranejo cultre has found itsway up to the urban scener of Recife. The cultral richness from the Sero inspires the veracular, culinar, fashion and music of the entire state and also for the developed cultre of bigger cities. Food from the Sero like queijo de coalho, (friedwhite cheese), queijo mantei- ga (butter cheese), care de sol (sundried meat), charque (jerked beef), cor cuscus, yamandtapioca(maniocourtorilla)are the quintessence of the tical culinar of Perambuco. The charismatic giant dolls exert a grand fascination amongst Carni- val-goers. A mark of the Carnival of Olinda, the Giant Olinda Dolls are berglass and/or papier-mach sculp- ture-like dolls that stand 15 feet or 5 meters tall. Carnival Giant Dolls are a focal point of Carnival. Like many of the costumes worn by partygoers, they reect themes of humor, satire and scandal. They also reect folklore and legends. Characters include politi- cians and celebrities, past and present. The most famous of them is the Homem da Meia-Noite (Midnight Man). His appearance at midnight on theSaturdayhasbeentheofficialstart of Olinda Carnival since 1932. A person gives life to the doll by carrying itontheirhead,usingacushiononthe wooden base for support. The waist of the doll is situated at the eye-level of the carrier, who is able to see through a small opening in the y of the dolls pants. Other famous giant dolls include the the Mulher do Dia, (WomanoftheDay)andtheMenino da Tarde (Afternoon Boy). Bonecos de olinda </li> <li> The Sero, the Semi-arid lands of the Norheast of Brazil, also called the hinter- lands, are the more r</li></ul>