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This week's Capoeira Wiki-Word is:

 

Cavalaria

 

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Cavalaria

Originally used to alert players that the police were coming, the toque imitates the galloping of horses (and some say it sounds like a police siren)

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From 360Graus...

 

O Toque de Cavalaria é um toque de aviso e não para ser usado em jogo de capoeira, antigamente, quando os capoeristas eram perseguidos, criou-se o Esquadrão de Cavalaria de Guarda Nacional que teve, numa determinada época , como incumbência maior, combatê-los. Daí originou o Toque de Cavalaria. Um capoerista ficava com um berimbau em uma colina ou numa esquina, um pouco distante de onde formava-se a roda de capoeira e, quando a Cavalaria da Guarda Nacional aproximava-se , o capoerista que estava vigiando dava início ao Toque do mesmo nome, avisando aos camaradas que fugiam ou então se preparavam para enfrenta-los em violentas batalhas.

The Rhythm of Cavalaria is a warning tone and not to be used with any game of capoeira.  Formerly, when capoeristas were persecuted, (the Brazilian government) created the Cavalry Squadron of the National Guard who, at one time, had the greater responsibility of fighting them(capoeiristas).  Hence (capoeiristas) originated the Rhythm of Cavalaria.  A capoerista with a berimbau stayed on a hill or on a corner, a short distance from the capoeira roda, and when the National Guard Cavalry approached, the capoeirista that was watching  would start to play the rhythm , warning his comrades who either fled or were preparing to face them (the Cavalry) in fierce battles.

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