Bahia African Heritage Tour: Afro-Brazilian Museum, City Museum, and Dique do Tororo
Bahia de Salvador, Brazil
- Afro-Brazilian Museum: The only museum exclusively dedicated to Afro-Brazilian heritage features a jaw-dropping installation by a world-famous South American artist.
- City Museum: An eclectic assortment of old and modern art and artifacts, the Cidade also holds the personal effects of poet Castro Alves, one of the first Brazilians to protest slavery.
- Tororo pond: This peaceful urban retreat, built by the Dutch in the 18th century, was endowed with 12 new inhabitants in 1998 and the colorful orixa sculptures of Candomble deities.
About this Bahia de Salvador tour
They say there's a church for every day in Salvador, but the same may also hold true for Candomble terreiros. Hundreds of these temples were built by Brazil's African slaves, who infused Catholic ritual with their own traditions behind their masters' backs.
Candomble represents a cultural mingling that brewed for three centuries under oppression and secrecy. Perhaps that's why it's so closely tied to the mystic and dark arts mysterious statues, secret ceremonies, and animal sacrifice were merely a product of the practitioners' less-than-ideal circumstances.
Brazil's slaves may have been forced to adopt Christianity, but they found some pretty clever ways to mix their old customs with their new ones. They hid their African gods in the statues of Catholic saints, and donned colorful costumes for their secret ceremonies. In the process, the people who occupied the bottom rung in the capital of Brazilian slavery were unknowingly weaving a major portion of the country's cultural identity.
Candomble is more popular than ever, especially in Salvador, once Brazil's slave market capital. There are perhaps two million adherents nationwide. On your tour of the Afro-Brazilian Museum, you'll see ritual objects used by Candomble priests, huge wooden carvings depicting the religion's main deities, and learn about the centuries-old traditions that arose from what began as a forced cultural merger.
The Piranha's Candomble gods
One of the Afro-Brazilian Museum's most impressive exhibits is a tableau featuring 27 Candomble deities by painter Hector Julio Paride Bernabo, who was given the nickname Carybe (that's piranha in English) when he was a Boy Scout in Rio de Janeiro. He liked the name, stuck with it, and signed more than 5,000 artworks that way.
Salvador Cruise Ship Pier. Please proceed pier side and look for our GoBe Representative with the displayed logo sign.
This tour is not wheelchair accessible. There is moderate walking involved over cobblestone, uneven surfaces and also some steps.
Cultural, Private Tour, Walking Tour
Sedan or Van
English, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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