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NINA


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I am to be running a Boal inspired workshop for children aged 9 - 11 as part of their school's South American Arts Week.  I would like to use a fairy tale or folk story as my starting point and am looking for authentic Brazillian stories to use.  Can anyone help?  

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Nina Lemon
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Blatchington Mill School

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I Hope this helps:


The little black boy
of a single leg!
Saci-Pererê is the most famous character of Brazilian folklore. His legend is very well known in the towns of the country region, mainly inland São Paulo, in the Northeast and Amazon region. Saci is a mischievous little black boy, with red eyes and only the left leg who wears a red hat and is always smoking a pipe.
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He likes to play tricks and whistle through the roads during the night and to braid animals’ manes while they are asleep. Besides his tricks, Saci Pererê is also known as "the great protector of the forest", for he likes to scare people who walk in the woods to destroy them or kill animals. Saci knows how to distinguish the local inhabitants from someone who is about to be attacked by snakes, spiders and scorpions; he is always there ready to protect them.
Many stories mention ticks and other parasites as the little black boy’s favorite food. When he wants to eat he looks for the back of an animal (horse, cow and wild boar) and he stuffs himself during the ride. Another favorite adventure of Saci is to travel inside twisters, phenomenon produced by the unbalance of atmospheres, real air spouts that are formed vertiginously in spirals, sweeping dry leaves, chips and sand when they pass. According to the country people from the Northeast, Saci is the responsible for this these phenomena, and if someone with great faith throws a grass rosary on the twister, the person will catch the little black boy. In case the person can gets his head too, she/he will have a wish come true.

The red hat gives the Saci the power of becoming invisible and of appearing and disappearing like smoke. He always announces himself with a shrilling whistle and he loves to smoke his pipe and puff the smoke in everyone that crosses his path. He never succeeds in lighting his pipe on his own, that is why he is always bothering smokers asking for light.

Taken from
http://www.escolainternacional.com.br/ingles/feiraciencias/sasi.htm


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Ze


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The part about being a protector of the forest seems more like the description of the "curupira", than of the "saci.

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Wow, interesting.


(Edited by Guest at 7:08 pm on Jan. 28, 2003)

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Patinho



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That's really cool. What a great idea for a thread.... I'd like to hear more! This is where we get DEEP into the Brazilian culture.

Ze-

How about telling more about "curupira".

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A little boy with inverted feet that causes mischief around hunters and lumberjacks.

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This info comes from the Maria-Brazil.com homepage:

Caipora
The caipora is a fantastic creature of the forest, in the Tupi-Guarani mythology: a giant creature, covered with dark hair, who always rides a large boar.

Cobra-Grande
The most powerful mythical creature of the rivers of the Amazon, also called boiúna or mboiaçu. The cobra-grande (large serpent) lives in the water and can take different shapes to frighten away the fishermen. See Iara below.

Curupira
The curupira is also a fantastic creature of the forest, but he is short like a boy and his feet are reversed, with the toes pointing to the back. He is the protector of animals and trees, and according to the legend, will lead hunters and other invaders of his domain astray. In the state of São Paulo, the curupira is the official symbolic protector of the forests and all the animals that live in them.

Iara
Also known as "mãe d'água" (mother of the waters). According to Brazilian folklorists, Iara was not a siren, originally, but a water snake, also called mboiaçu - mboi, serpent and açu, big - in Tupi. In the 19th century, a process of convergence occurred, between the Amazonian water snake and the European myth of the beautiful half-human, half-fish creature who lures fishermen with her song. The Brazilian romantic poet Gonçalves Dias created the name, from the Tupi language of Brazil: ig - water - and iara - lord. The Afro-Brazilian orixá, Iemanjá, originally the Yoruba mother of all orixás and mother of the waters, is also represented as a beautiful siren. Her other name is Janaína. Iara and Janaína are very popular names for girls in Brazil. If you'd like to give your baby girl a Brazilian name...well, here are two of the most beautiful in the Portuguese language!

Negrinho do Pastoreio
A legend of southern Brazil, the negrinho (little black shepherd) lost the horses he was looking after. His cruel master had the little boy whipped and thrown, bleeding, into an anthill, where he died. He came back, invisible, and rides his horse on remote hills. If you promise to light up a candle in his honor, he will help you find lost objects.

Salamanca do Jarau
A legend of southern Brazil, the Salamanca is a cave full of treasures, looked after by a magical lizard called teiniaguá.

Saci-Pererê
The saci or saci-pererê is a fantastic creature from south-central Brazil. The saci is a little boy, has only one leg, wears a magical red cap and likes to smoke a pipe. According to the legend, he is always up to some mischief: blowing out your fire, scaring and scattering your cattle, and scaring travellers in isolated, out-of-the-way places. Here we have the saci, as seen through the imagination of Brazilian cartoonist and author Ziraldo.



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NINA


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Thank you so much everyone.  I have been completely panicked by the lack of information available.  This is a real help.  Please do keep them coming.  I love to use stories from cultures that differ to my own and I find that the British children respond so well to them.


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Community Arts Projects Manager
Blatchington Mill School

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