|Capoeira History - Due to many circumstances, the history of Capoeira, in part, is obscure. There are many documents and facts that can be proven, but there is also much speculation and correct and incorrect conclusions that can not be proven. There is also the popular romanticism and stories that come from the past, for generations, without historic foundation but that is accepted by many. The reality is that there are always questions without responses. |
The history of Capoeira, ironically through it´s destiny, reflects the actual jogo (game) de Capoeira. In some ways it´s a charade and full of mandinga (secrets/deception). In my 27 years of Capoeira I have heard many different responses for the same question. I have read numerous books, which speak of the same subject but take totally different angles. I have spoken with and listened to, attentively, the opinion of many mestres old and young, famous and unknown. I can say that I have already read 99 percent of the published books about Capoeira, some good and some bad. I have heard many different berimbau rhythms with the same name. I have seen many of the same movements with different names.