Festival de Iemanja

Trip Start Apr 10, 2006
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Monday, February 12, 2007

So after Bev left I had a few very chilled days, preparing myself (seriously!) for carnival.  I relished every last moment in my little apartment, with all that luxurious space to myself, appreciated the (relative) quiet, went for a last few capoeira classes with the darling and so patient Anum and hooked up again with Eves, Megan, Katie and Josep for a few pre-carnival adventures... (come on, you didn't really think I was sitting at home sipping herbal tea in the run up to carnival did you?!)  

At the beginning of February, I was lucky enough to be in Bahia for the Iemanja festival - in the Santeria and Candomble religions, Iemanja is the goddess of the sea and fertility and thousands of Bahians go down to the beach to make offerings to her.  The devotees throw flowers, food, perfume, little statues and drinks into the water (I was amazed but also definitely had the pollution factor on the brain).  Those that want to be absolutely sure that she receives their gifts take boats further out to sea and throw their gifts into the water there. 

 
The festival was a tiny little taster of what carnival would be like... some of the trios electricos (huge trucks with their back section converted into elevated stages for the bands that play on them) rolled through the streets blasting out the tunes, street vendors hawked everything from camel packs to sunscreen to those flashy light thingies, drinks stands were literally everywhere - I don't think you can be further than 10 metres away from your next caipirinha at any point! ,  and there was definitely a feeling of everyone getting ready for the anarchy that was approaching! 
 
 
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