Saturday, July 22, 2006

ADDED: Egyptian origins of Brazilian carnival
"The writer Hiram Araújo researched the origins of carnival, which led him to Egypt. According to him, the festival came from the banks of the Nile, four thousand years before Christ, in the celebrations the locals did to celebrate the good period for planting foods. The 'Egyptian' party is today the greatest cultural manifestation in Brazil and generates a turnover of US$ 460 million in Rio de Janeiro alone. . . . Defending this thesis is the researcher Hiram Araújo, director of the Carnival Institute of the Estácio de Sá University and the cultural director of the Independent League of Samba Schools of Rio de Janeiro (Liesa). The Egyptian origin of carnival is told in the book "Carnaval" ("Carnival")."

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