Mazagão Velho: imagem-mundo de uma festa, um baile e suas máscaras / Mazagão Old: world-image of a party, a ball and its masks




This study has its focus on the masks of the feast of St. James of Mazagão Velho in the state of Amapá - Brazil. Held since 1777 by the residents of the city in the margins of the Mutuacá River, the feast celebrates the transfer of the former Portuguese colony from the Dukkala region, in the North of Africa. Full of rich and diversified visualities, rituals and symbols of Catholicism, the community lives with intensity its cultural and religious manifestations. The masks are distinguished during a ball exclusive for masked individuals and, in this study they are analyzed from the perspective of visual culture as visual artifacts. The research aims to build interpretations on the relations between mask and identity, observing and discussing the learning processes connected to the production and use of the masks in the symbolic context of the feast. The work also investigates the meanings of possible points of infiltration, resistance and hybridization that the masks present originated from a multicultural community formation and the influences of a global world. The text is built taking into consideration the multiple interpretations of the research participants that, through open interviews, recollect and reconstruct histories of the cultural and oral memory of the city


artes masks, identity, visual culture, learning, hybridism. máscaras, identidade, cultura visual, aprendizagem, hibridismo

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