In honor of Movember!

This feature is designed to spark your interest in researching the world of capoeira's vocabulary, history, and philosophy.

Our Capoeira Wiki-Word series invites you to research the word of the week and post your definition(s) and translations. At the end of each week, the entries will be reviewed and then summarized into a translation and a definition of the Capoeira Wiki-Word of the week.

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Bigodinho literally translates to 'little moustache'... others say whiskers. 

But there is always more to the story.


From Wikipedia...

The bigodinho (Sporophila lineola), also known as a estrelinha, cigarrinho, or   bigorrilho, is a passerine bird in the Emberizidae family. Measuring 11 cm in length.

It lives in open fields, plantations and on the verge of dense vegetation (they used the word capoeira here). It is a migratory bird in Espirito Santo and Paraná, appearing in December to nest and disappearing in March and April.  In eastern Maranhão, appears only in May onwards. Observed in Piauí nesting in May. They are also found in Guyana, Venezuela to Bolivia, Paraguay and Argentina.

Mestre Bigodinho


 Eminent singer and berimbau player, born September 13, 1933 in Santo Amaro, Bahia, he began capoeira in 1950 with Mestre Waldemar Rodrigues da Paixão, remaining until 1970, where he withdrew due to repression and discrimination suffered at the time . In 1997, encouraged by his friend - Mestre Lua Rasta, he returned to the embrace of capoeira , to the satisfaction of all who admire this noble art.
Mestre Bigodinho resided in Salvador / BA and traveled all over the world bringing his knowledge and love for capoeira.

Mestre Bigodinho is the godfather of Associação of Capoeira Nação, a source of pride and satisfaction to all who are part of ACN.
"Capoeira is self defense and each defends themself as they can in the time of need.  Capoeira is not courage."
"Do a little bit well rather than a lot poorly."

Mestre Bigodinho passed away in April of 2011.  Axé Mestre!




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