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Boa Morte Festival


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African Culture
City Package

One of the oldest examples of the phenomenon of syncretism, the blending of Catholicism and Candomblé, is the Sisterhood of the Boa Morte (Good Death) in Cachoeira, 120 km's from Salvador. This is a society of women which had it's beginnings in the senzalas (slaves quarters) where slaves would gather to discuss the news about abolition and pray for the slaves killed in the liberation movement. Once freed, ex-slaves would often form religious associations, sisterhoods and brotherhoods, often using the Catholic church as a vehicle but these associations were really cultural centers whose aims were to free other slaves from captivity and to preserve the traditions handed down verbally from generation to generation. This was the case of the Sisterhood of the Boa Morte. Their aim was to help newly freed slaves to survive in a world where there was no longer a master with his whips and chains.

Reminiscent of secret female societies in Africa, the Sisterhood of the Boa Morte worship the iyá's, the female spirits of the dead. A "good death" (or Boa Morte) was seen as being a proper passage from the material to the spiritual world, no longer a slave. The Boa Morte festival takes place in Cachoeira every August and is deeply syncretised with the Feast of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. It is perhaps the most important festival in the African Heritage calendar in Bahia and is a living document of African culture and Diaspora to the New World.
1 Day - Salvador da Bahia

Aug 13th'2008 - Wednesday
Arrival at Salvador airport, welcome and transfer to the hotel.
Check-in and accommodation at Tropical da Bahia hotel.
This afternoon will be at leisure and the dinner is on your own.
Evening departure to one of Salvador's Terreiros.
Overnight at the hotel.
2 Day - Salvador da Bahia

Aug 14th'2008 - Thrusday
Morning departure for a African-oriented historical tour. You will trace the African roots of Salvador on a city tour which combines the newer, modern section and the older Historical Center, the Pelourinho. This area was named after the pillory which stood in the main square, in front of the central slave market. You visit the Afro-Brazilian Museum and the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary, the famous black church, built with meager resources over a period of almost 100 years. At Casa do Benin (Benin's House) you will be able to see the artists and sculptors works, mirrors of this vibrant city. The buildings might be European but the rest is African.
Return to the hotel.
The rest of the day is at leisure and meals are on your own.
Overnight at the hotel.
3 Day - Salvador/Cachoeira/Salvador

Aug 15th'2008 - Friday
Early morning departure to Cachoeira.
Upon arrival you will attend to a religious ceremony in the Mass followed by procession, through the streets of the town, with the upright figure of Nossa Senhora das Glórias (Assumption). The Sisters are dressed in their full gala clothes of black, white and red. This is the highlight of the celebrations.
Lunch is on your own.
Late in the afternoon, the Sisters will have their traditional Samba de Roda, a spinning samba only found in the Cachoeira region. It will continue until early evening.
Dinner is on your own.
Late return to Salvador.
Overnight at the hotel.
4 Day - Salvador da Bahia

Aug 16th'2008 - Saturday
All the day will be at leisure, with meals on your own. Your tour guide will give you excellent suggestion of optional tours, interesting places to visit, shopping and delicious food!
Overnight at the hotel.
5 Day - Salvador da Bahia

Aug 17th'2008 - Sunday
All the day will be at leisure, with meals on your own. Your tour guide will give you excellent suggestion of optional tours, interesting places to visit, shopping and delicious food!
Night departure to the Pelourinho area for a typical dinner and a folk show!
Overnight at the hotel.
6 Day - Salvador da Bahia

Aug 18th'2008 - Monday
Check-out and transfer to the airport.
Important remarks:
1. The below mentioned rates are per person and valid exclusively for the mentioned dates.
2. The activities described may be altered due to weather conditions or group make-up with the intent of maximizing your experience in Bahia.
3. If you have luck you might have the opportunity of assisting to a Candomblé Ceremony in honor of São Lazarus during your visit to the Terreiro. With it's dynamically colored clothing and necklaces, rhythmic drumming, dancers in trance and singing summoning the gods and saints, Candomble, among all the expressions of Afro-Brazilian religions, is in a class by itself. This has to be checked at the reservation request.

Included in the package:
* In and out transfers in Salvador;
* Half day Afro city tour;
* Dinner at one of the Pelourinho restaurants;
* Full day tour to Cachoeira for Boa Morte Festival;
* 5 overnights at Standard room in Tropical da Bahia, with breakfast.

Not included in the package:
*Airport taxes and air tickets to and from Salvador;
*Any type of insurance;
*City Room tax;
*Not mentioned meals;
*Personal expenses or extras;