Honored by the theme of Acadêmicos do Grande Rio this year, which gave the school the title of the Rio de Janeiro carnival, Exu also became the subject of a bill presented in the Chamber of Rio de Janeiro. Taking a ride on the entity’s popularity, councilor Átila A. Nunes (PSD) proposed that Exu become a heritage of Rio.
The justification for the proposal is that the entity’s image be demystified and thus contribute to combating religious racism. If approved in two votes by the plenary of the Chamber, the text goes to the sanction of Mayor Eduardo Paes (PSD).
The bill was filed on Wednesday (27), the day after Grande Rio won the title. On Avenida, the Duque de Caxias school told the story of Exu, orixá of movement and communication.
No Twitterafter the result of the investigation, the councilor congratulated the school “for showing a parade that certainly comes to break with religious prejudice”, referring to the plot “Fala, Majeté! Sete Chaves de Exu”, which told about the bad image of the orixá, which is one of the most important religions of African origins.
“With a lot of courage, the school in Caxias took to Sapucaí a parade that talks about the Exus, who are looked at in a completely wrong way. They are nothing more than protectors. We have to respect those who have the Exus as their protectors. And I’m sure that Greater Rio taught a lesson and, coincidentally or not, won and was rewarded with this victory, which carries a message of breaking away from religious prejudice. Congratulations to everyone who made this carnival so beautiful, the carnival of resistance .”
The councilor’s assessment and the judges’ taste coincided with the “noise” that the school managed to create on social media shortly after its parade. For this reason, Grande Rio had been pointed out as the favorite for the title.
Vermelho, Verde e Branco de Caxias is the youngest school to parade in the Special Group and was founded in 1988. Despite its young age, Grande Rio collected some near victories until the expected victory. She was runner-up in 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2020.
Source: BdF Rio de Janeiro
Editing: Mariana Pitasse