07-02-2005 Religious and cultural intermission: Iemanja and Las Llamadas
As I told before, the paperwork previous to departure was enormous. Looking
at the bright side: this gave me the opportunity to witness two (for me) new
phenomenon. One was llamanja (I hope I am spelling it ok) and the parade of
tambores called ‘Las Llamadas’.
Iemanja is a religious event that originated in Africa. It consist of ritual
dances and offers to the sea. The religion has a growing number of followers
in Uruguay and it was beautiful to see the spectacle on the beach.
Las Llamadas are part of the Uruguayan carnival. A large parade of different
groups of dancers and tambore players walk and dance true the streets of
Montevideo. It sounded great! We only stayed until 1 o’clock in the morning,
because we had some kilometers to cover. By not even one third of the groups
had started their presentation. As the party continued we left for Santa Fe.
Iemanga offer to the sea
Isabel bailando en las Llamadas
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