Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Suffering from a case of Banzo

 The Houaiss Portuguese dictionary defines banzo as “the psychological process caused by the removal from culture that put black slaves from Africa, transported to distant lands, into an initial state of arousal followed by impulses of rage and destruction and then a deep nostalgia that induced apathy, starving and, quite often, madness or death.”

I lifted this definition from a very good article about Capoeira called "meeting notions of community, recreation and development through Capoeira", and I had to take this opportunity to blog.

Questions: this definition fits you or anyone you know?