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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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Girls sing as they carry an image of Our Lady of Rosary during the annual Afro-Christian Congada celebration in Catalao, Goias state, Brazil, Oct. 9, 2016. The group's leader sings a verse, and members repeat, making references to Brazil's history of slav
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Girls sing as they carry an image of Our Lady of Rosary during the annual Afro-Christian Congada celebration in Catalao, Goias state, Brazil, Oct. 9, 2016. The group's leader sings a verse, and members repeat, making references to Brazil's history of slav

A girl prepares to place a veil on a statue of Our Lady of the Rosary during the annual Afro-Christian Congada celebration in Catalao, Goias state, Brazil, Oct. 7, 2016. According to local legend, the ritual was first performed by Black slaves in the 1800
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A girl prepares to place a veil on a statue of Our Lady of the Rosary during the annual Afro-Christian Congada celebration in Catalao, Goias state, Brazil, Oct. 7, 2016. According to local legend, the ritual was first performed by Black slaves in the 1800

The captain, right, and a dancer with the Mozambique Sacred Heart of Mary dance group, during the annual Afro-Christian Congada celebration in Catalao, Goias state, Brazil, Oct. 9, 2016. The Congada represents an African royal court, with a king, queen, g
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The captain, right, and a dancer with the Mozambique Sacred Heart of Mary dance group, during the annual Afro-Christian Congada celebration in Catalao, Goias state, Brazil, Oct. 9, 2016. The Congada represents an African royal court, with a king, queen, g

A man holds a walking cane decorated with a statue of St. George during an annual Afro-Christian dance tradition called Congada, in Catalao, Goias state, Brazil, Oct. 9, 2016. St. George is one of the most important and popular saints in Brazilian, and is
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A man holds a walking cane decorated with a statue of St. George during an annual Afro-Christian dance tradition called Congada, in Catalao, Goias state, Brazil, Oct. 9, 2016. St. George is one of the most important and popular saints in Brazilian, and is

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