Inveja e corpo fechado no Maracatu de baque solto Pernambucano

Translated title of the contribution: Envy and the closed body in Maracatu de Baque solto (Pernambuco, Brazil)

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Abstract

Os membros dos grupos de maracatu de baque solto da
Zona da Mata norte pernambucana sentem-se particularmente expostos na época do carnaval a vários tipos de
doenças causadas pelo “olho grande” dos invejosos. Daí a
necessidade de práticas defensivas nos planos simbólico
e estético. Para brincar o carnaval sem se arriscar é necessário fechar o próprio corpo, o que, nesse contexto significa torná-lo protegido, poderoso, saudável, invencível, não
vulnerável ou susceptível aos ataques das entidades negativas despertadas pelo olho grande de rivais e inimigos.
Nesse artigo argumento que a vivência emocional dos brincantes de maracatu é profundamente ligada a essa maneira de conceber o corpo durante o carnaval. Um corpo diferente do ordinário, suscetível, permeável a presenças e ataques de entidades invisíveis.

During Carnival, the members of maracatu de baque solto
groups, a performance occurring in Pernambuco (Northeast
Brazil) feel exposed to various type of illnesses, caused by
the “envious eye” (olho grande) of their rivals. This motivates
them to accomplish a number of defensive practices, both
on a symbolical and on an aesthetical dimension. In order
to perform safely, they need to “close the body” (fechar o
corpo), physiologically, symbolically, and aesthetically. In
this context, the expression “closed body,” is synonymous
of a protected, powerful, healthy, invincible body, while the
expression “open body” refers to a vulnerable one, susceptible to the attacks of negative entities, aroused by the
enemies’ envious eye. In this article, I suggest that that the
emotional experience of the Maracatu performers is driven by this particular way of perceiving the body during the
carnival period.
Translated title of the contributionEnvy and the closed body in Maracatu de Baque solto (Pernambuco, Brazil)
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)995-1023
Number of pages28
JournalSociologia & Antropologia
Volume11
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords

  • Etnomusicologia
  • Música
  • Antropologia das emoções
  • Ritual
  • Carnaval
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Music
  • Anthropology of emotions
  • Carnival

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