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From Capoeira: A Brazilian Artform by Mestre Acordeon page 2
"The capoeira is also called capoeira angola, jogo de capoeira, brincadeira de angola, roda de capoeira, capoeiragem, malandragem, and vadiação."
From The Little Capoeira Book by Mestre Nestor Capoeira page 145
"Malandro: A rogue or hustler. The malandro is a fixture in capoeira lore and in Brazilian popular culture in general. Malandragem is a tricky or deceitful act."
From Roots of the Dance Fight Game by Mestre Nestor Capoeira pages 47-48
"The Malandro is not a Warrior like Ogum nor a Brave like Besouro, Manduca, and Nascimento Grande.
On the contrary. The Malandro 'despises' violence and physical force which, in his way of seeing things, are characteristics of the stupid and ignorant. And that is a basic difference between malandragem and the macho way.
The Malandro works through his intelligence, seduction, charm, and a deep and intuitive knowledge of life and human psychology. His tools are words. His greatest skill is the ability to analyze people and situations with a speed and cunning that cannot be grasped by us 'suckers,' 'schmucks,' 'normal' people who believe in moral laws and are chained by the conventions of the group or social class to which we belong."