Photo "Guardiãs da Fé" by Renata

"Guardiãs da Fé" captures a poignant moment during the washing of the Bonfim staircase in Salvador, Bahia, offering a glimpse into the profound cultural and spiritual practices of Brazil. The ritual of washing the Bonfim staircase is a deeply symbolic tradition in Bahia, symbolizing purification, renewal, and faith. Pilgrims and devotees participate in this ritual as an expression of their devotion to Senhor do Bonfim, a revered figure in Afro-Brazilian religious syncretism. In this photograph, the "Guardiãs da Fé" or "Guardians of the Faith" are portrayed—Baianas dressed in traditional white attire, adorned with vibrant turbans and necklaces. The Baianas play a significant role in preserving and passing on Afro-Brazilian cultural and religious traditions. They are revered as custodians of sacred knowledge and are often seen as symbols of strength, wisdom, and resilience. The connection to the photographer's experience in South Africa during assignments with the Gogos from Soweto adds another layer of depth to this visual narrative. The term "Gogos" refers to grandmothers or older women in South Africa, often recognized for their wisdom, community leadership, and nurturing roles within families. Much like the Baianas in Bahia, the Gogos are respected guardians of culture and heritage. "Guardiãs da Fé" not only captures the essence of the Bonfim staircase ritual but also explores the universal theme of women as guardians of cultural and spiritual traditions. The photograph serves as a testament to the shared strength, resilience, and faith found in diverse cultural expressions, connecting the rituals of Bahia with the experiences of the Gogos in Soweto (Johannesburg).

Size: 54H x 39W 
Colors: Black and white

9,820.00 9820.0 ZAR 9,820.00


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