Capoeira, A Philosophy of The Body

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Capoeira, A Philosophy of The Body
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Capoeira is today the second most widely practiced sport in Brazil after football. That said, its reach is worldwide. In Paris, for example, there is not a single gym that does not offer capoeira lessons.

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CAPOEIRA, A PHILOSOPHY OF THE BODY

Camille Marc Dumoulié
University of Paris Ouest-Nanterre-La Défense France

Art of resistance and aesthetic of power Capoeira is today the second most widely practiced sport in Brazil after football. That said, its reach is worldwide. In Paris, for example, there is not a single gym that does not offer capoeira lessons. The fashion extends to all age groups, races and both sexes. In short, capoeira is considered the best expression of the cultural miscegenation on which Brazil prides itself. However, it must be remembered that capoeira was created by slaves as a response to white oppression. Not that it was a weapon of war used against the whites; quite the contrary, in fact, it was something practiced exclusively within black communities. Nevertheless, it expressed a "worldview" and experience of life, an ethics and philosophy antagonistic to white culture. Prior to becoming a sport or martial art, this fighting dance is a philosophy in motion, a thought of the body that ran counter to the white system of thinking. It is a musical counterweight that followes a whole other score, with its own rhythm and physics, inventing a new affectivity. As the São Paulo master Almir das Areias, author of the book O que é capoeira [What is capoeira? (1983)], used to say to his pupils: "in your



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