The life and Story of Rosa Maria: Brazil's First Black Author

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Thirty years after the release of Rosa Maria Egipcíaca's biography by Brazilian historian LuizMott in 1993, one of Rio de Janeiro's strongest carnival samba schools, Unidos do Viradouro, finally brought her name into Brazilian mainstream culture. Rosa Maria is Brazil's first black author, having written a book and letters of prophecy. Her story is global in both space and time. In her journey, Rosa traversed three different continents - Africa, South America and Europe - interconnected by the colonial ties of transatlantic slavery and Catholicism, and though she lived in the eighteenth century, her 'afterlife' extends until today, as will be described through the context of Brazil's carnival.
Original languageEnglish
TypeBlog piece
Media of outputGlobal-ejournal
Number of pages6
Place of PublicationUniversity of California, Santa Barbara
EditionIssue 7
Publication statusPublished - 18 Aug 2023

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Nameglobal e-journal


  • carnival
  • Slavery
  • sex work
  • Brazil


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