Diego is still in Rio de Janeiro, and here’s his second guest post, sharing a bit about Brazilian history!
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On July 3rd I went to the National Historical Museum in Rio de Janeiro and learned about Brazil’s history.
In the museum I learned about Native Brazilians and their culture. One thing that I learned was that when a chief dies, there is a ceremony to send him off. The natives dance around a decorated trunk that is supposed to represent the chief’s spirit. After that they take the best fighters in the tribe and they wrestle as a game. The last thing they do is to send the trunk down a river and chant as it floats away.
I learned about the weapons that the Native Brazilians would use. One weapon that they used resembled a sword but it was called a wooden club. A wooden club was a close ranged weapon that was used to hit someone. They also used long ranged weapons, the bow and arrow. Something else I learned about the bow and arrow was that some arrows can be as large as a spear.
Next week I will blog about going to my grandfather’s beach house. I hope to go to the beach, collect shells, paddle board, and have lots of fun!
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Neat! The Brazilians have an interesting history. How come the people wrestled as a part of the ceremony to send away the chief?
The ceremony when a Chief dies sounds very festive and not sad at all. I was surprised to hear the arrows can be as long as spears. I hope you have a great time at your Grandfather’s beach house.
The ceremony for dead Native Brazilian Chiefs is not much different from a funeral today. The decorated trunk is like a casket and both ceremonies involve music and people coming together. Thanks for sharing what you learned about Brazilian history, Diego.