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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Subúrbio literally translates to "suburb" in English.
As you can see from the pictures above, our ready definition of the "'burbs" doesn't quite match up with its Brazilian counterpart.
Subúrbio when used to describe a Brazilian neighborhood is generally referring to a poorer part of town. It's an interesting paradox in terms of our reference vs. the Brazilian one...
In the US it's tipical that the rich live high on the hill, and the commoners down below. In a city like Rio de Janeiro, it is the exact opposite.
In the US, the affluent escape to the suburbs, but the poor are overwhelmingly who live in the subúrbio in Brazil.
There is a great deal of beautiful people and their cultural manifestations to be experienced in the Brazilian subúrbio. Capoeira can be your ticket to that experience, but you will want to have a friend(s) in the right place(s).