May 20, 2016

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Do you know what ‘Abayomi‘ means? It represents a very beautiful story. It’s a real story and I love it; I hope that it enchants you too:

“In the XVI century, the slavery age, many black people were forced to leave their countries and work as slaves. They traveled from Africa to Brazil in the basement of ships. But the trip wasn’t comfortable. Slaves were chained and had little food and water. Children were afraid and cried a lot. The beautiful part of this sad story comes now.

The mothers tore their clothes and made dolls to tell stories to their kids so they would forget the situation. These dolls were called Abayomi. This tradition is remembered until today by some people in Africa and a little here in Brazil.

Today the Abayomi is made with cloth and cannot have seams. Abayomi means “bring happiness”. When you offer it to a person, you are offering the best you have. I learned about this from a very special teacher at my MBA, and I loved it. I hope you like it too.”

This post was kindly written by our Enjoy student Eloisa Helena Capraro. You may learn how to make an Abayomi by watching the video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLd08_0RkDo

IMAGE COURTESY:

• http://www.campos.rj.gov.br/up/photos.php?id_fotos=26809
• Eloisa's files
• http://www.artedobrasil.com.br/images/sudeste/rj/abayomicbebe6.jpg

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