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November 20, 2014 / Fantelius

Zumbi – The First Break-dancer

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On this day in 1695 Zumbi dos Palmares, leader of the Quilombos in Brazil was killed. He was 40 years old. Because he had fought for the refugee and fugitive slave settlements the Portuguese rulers captured him and cut off his head.

The Quilombos practiced a form of martial art dance called the capoeira which is popular throughout the world today in its classic form and appears to be the source of break-dancing. Zumbi was undoubtedly one of the first capoeira dancers but probably not the very first one.

The Portuguese were not the first people to cut off the heads of their enemies, but they maintained a practice that, like capoeira, is still popular today. I doubt if IS in Iraq are aware of their Roman Catholic heritage.

 

“We can accomplish more by confessing our ignorance than by boasting of our knowledge.”
Dartwill Aquila

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  1. camelien / Nov 21 2014 11:33 am

    Hypocrisy lives, yes? Anywho, was the first ‘break-dancer’ in my ‘hood;’ long before it became a ‘craze.’ Btw; where did you find the picture.of me you posted 😉 hehe Kidding. Thank you for all your posts. Most thought provoking; well done. (((Hugs)))

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