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Brazil's 'Congada' Mixes African, Christian Roots

In Catalao, Brazil, pulsing drums reverberate through the streets as thousands of people in colorful garb march, dance and shimmy their way toward Our Lady of the Rosary church. The procession known as the "Congada" is an annual tradition that takes place on the second Sunday of October and combines elements of Roman Catholic and African traditions, a testament to the mixing of cultures, religions and races in Latin America's largest nation. It was initially performed by groups of black slaves brought to Brazil to work on plantations during Portuguese colonial rule.
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