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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This week's Capoeira Wiki-Word is:

Pé do Berimbau


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Pé do berimbau literally translates to "foot of the berimbau." 

We are familiar with this kind of saying in english, and it is what you are likely thinking and the pictures above show.  It's the place where two people squat down to in front of the berimbau and other instruments of the bateria to begin a capoeira game in the roda.

The game begins as soon as you squat down at the pé do berimbau, not that you enter the roda and go play immediately, but rather anything can happen.  You have to be ready, and show you are aware.

Folks sing, start, reset, and end the game here.   

If the roda is a microcausm of life, then the pé do berimbau is its staging area. 

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