By: A. Hemnani
As a child I was introduced to Brazilian Folklore, I remember this day as if it were yesterday. We went into this huge library and sat in a circle while the teacher picked up a book. She opened the book and magic was poured into our hearts. Each myth better than the last. This is why I want to share with you the magic of Brazilian Folklore.
These myths revolve around beliefs and culture, they are ways to keep the past alive! They were passed on through generations and they allow for a glimpse into the country's unique blend of indigenous, African, European, and other cultural influences.
Curupira is a well know tale, he is the guardian of the sacred Amazon rainforest. In the myths, he is described as a midget with bright red hair. He is always protecting the animals of the forest and therefore their natural habitats. In one of the versions of this tale, two loggers want to cut down a tree, but Curupira doesn't allow them to. At some point the two men get angry at Curupira and decide to catch him and take him away. These men endlessly follow Curupiras footsteps, but they don’t get anywhere. Curipira's feet are turned the wrong way round so he could trick anyone that tried to follow him.
This tale, similar to other Folklore instils very concrete morals on anyone who reads or hears them. It demonstrates the importance of nature in the Brazilian culture and mindset. These myths came around way before global warming and the current impacts our world is facing due to deforestation. Why can't we maintain that way of thinking? Do we not understand the consequences of our actions?
I hope you can take this as a warning call to keep our passion for nature alive. To save what we can save and preserve what can be preserved.