This photo was taken at the Festa da Boa Morte, or Party of the Good Death, a holiday celebrated by the Catholic sisterhood cult, the Irmandade da Boa Morte, in Cachoeira. The sisters in this cult are also affiliated with Candomblé, an Afro-syncretic religion closely related to the Cuban tradition of Santeria. This holiday is therefore considered a significant expression of African culture by members of the African diaspora worldwide, and contributions from these international communities, particularly those in the US, have allowed this holiday to continue each year. The crush of cameras, people, and religious figures in the photo encapsulates this tiny inland town's annual fifteen minutes of fame.
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