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Trio performs forró, National Week of Brazilian Culture and Agrarian Reform, Rio de Janeiro, 2002.

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November 2002

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The Solemn and the Carnivalesque of Mística Performances
Debates and discussions on cultural policies during the National Week of Brazilian Culture and Agrarian Reform organized by the MST and held om March 19 to 24, 2002 in Rio de Janeiro were opened by performative rituals known in the MST as mística. These performances range from carnavalesque celebrations of popular culture and denunciations of the culture industry to solemn homage to the heroic role of individuals and families in the transformation of Brazilian society. The forum was also a showcase for live music, including forró, puppet theater known as mamulengo, and traditional preparation of foods such as manioc flour and tapioca cakes.
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See also: The performative arts of the MST: The symbolic power of bodies in movement.

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