Memorial das Baianas
Memorial das Baianas
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Nomad68
San Francisco, CA202 contributions
Mar 2023 • Solo
A small memorial which I hope expands as it should. There's also a little museum that's easy to miss just next to the memorial. The museum tells a bit of history of certain women, and exhibits a few articles of period clothing, head wraps, and items used for work. I hope that more visitors stop by and support this effort so that it grows into a larger exhibit.
Written March 16, 2023
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saronic
Zurich, Switzerland26,268 contributions
Dec 2017 • Solo
At the Pelourinho's Praça da Sé is a Memorial to the Baianas, that iconic figure of old Salvador. Besides a small museum there is a sculpture of a smiling Baiana, which is one of the most popular spots for photographing tourists. Also from here one has a great view towards the lower part of the city.

Besides the sculpture one also sees plenty of real Baianas walking around: usually big Afro-Brazilian women with a turban wrapped around their head, with an embroidered blouse, a lot of jewellry and with some very wide, European baroque style skirts. Most women are dressed all in white, although one also sees skirts in all other, usually bright colours. Some of these women sell that typical Bahian streetfood 'Acarajé', others just expect a tip for being photographed.
Written November 19, 2018
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Vincent M
New Orleans, LA2,213 contributions
Jun 2015 • Solo
This memorial is on a terrace overlooking the sea, Praca de Cruz Caida; a sub-plaza of the Praca de Se, halfway between the cathedral and the Elevador Lacerda. There’s a life-sized Baiana puppet outside, so it’s difficult to miss. The museum is dedicated to the Baianas do acaraje, the colorful lady street venders selling African-Brazilian food and wearing traditional costumes of turbans, silk or linen blouses, gold earrings and necklaces, and frilly bell-shaped skirts: if you conjure up the outfits worn by Hattie McDaniel as Mammy in Gone with the Wind, you won’t be too wide of the mark. While over-the-top for comic effect, Carmen Miranda’s outfits were based on Baiana clothing. The museum has several mannekins wearing these outfits, but if you hang around the Praca de Se or Terreira do Jesus long enough, you’re sure to spot the real McCoys carrying on centuries-old activities such as texting messages to their friends (see Baiana on the Cellphone). The Baianas play an important part in other aspects of Bahaian culture--such as their role in samba parades and in the Bahian variant on voodoo, Candomble.
The state government has now declared Baianas to be part of the “Intangible Heritage” of Bahia. I don’t quite understand that: since all Baianas do acaraje have an in-your-face physical presence, they’re about as intangible as a Mack truck. Perhaps the government was talking about what they do, but acaraje is quite tangible as well; perhaps about what they represent, in which case they’d be about as intangible as, say, the 2016 Olympics or the governor of Bahia himself, though perhaps more useful than either.
Acaraje itself is a fritter made from ground black-eye-peas and various other ingredients, which is vaguely similar to falafel in Lebanon or (even more vaguely thank Heavens) beignets in New Orleans. It’s emphatically West African in origin, not Portuguese. To me, it’s one of those ethnic foods which are a bit of an acquired taste for outlanders, but positively addictive to those who have acquired that taste (a proper congee or a real Isan green papaya salad are Asian examples of this syndrome; boudin or boiled crawfish are Louisiana examples). Perhaps if I gave it another chance….
Written September 18, 2015
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africanmatrix
africanmatrix503 contributions
Jun 2015 • Friends
Great views from upper city of the lower city and All Saints Bay and Itaparica Island from the plaza outside the memorial
Written July 30, 2015
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Ibadanboy
Nairobi, Kenya6,153 contributions
Mar 2014 • Friends
The Memorial das Baianas is at a very prominent plaza in the Pelourinho. it is also next to a museum/ gallery that shows some history & culture of Bahia. Lovely ladies in traditional costumes dating back to African origins can be seen here. Recommended!
Written December 6, 2014
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Memorial das Baianas, Salvador