The Root of Capoeira
While it is quite popular to associate Capoeira with Brazil, as part of the Afro-Brazilian culture, it is self evident that its roots lie in Africa. To be specific, those roots come right out of Angola. One of the main ideas out and about capoeira is that it start way back in the day as a way to win a bride. Two men would bust out their best capoeira moves and whoever won not only got the woman, he also didn't have to cough up any dowry. "What I steal!!!" Eventually, this ritualistic tradition turned a little more serious when foot-fighting was added as a means of defense against attacks (if only it had worked a little better against slave masters).
From Denmark to Istanbul to West Side Manhattan, Capoeira Angola is yet another great export that has stood the test of a whole lot of time. This is something I've always found so interesting and would love to learn! Click here to see a really cool video about Angolan style Capoeira.