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Brides, Ladies and Peasants from Minho Province

Viana do Castelo

From May to September, in the great festivals of Minho, the litters and processions shine, the brass bands and folk groups, the big-heads and giant puppets, the drums, the concertinas and the competitive singers, but the real queens of the holidays are the Stewards: Brides, Ladies and Peasants.

TRÁS-OS-MONTES: THE BOYS´ FESTIVAL

Winter Carnival, Miranda do Douro

People celebrate a night of entertainment in honour of St. John´s Evangelist, the village patron from December 27th to 28th. The boys, eager for entertainment, mark the day around a huge bonfire, which still emits smoke in the village´s square...

THE POOR HAVE NO FAITH

(...) In Pedrário, the beautiful church of Romannesque style remains closed. In this village, the cross of Christ only comes every two years. Albina Teixeira doesn't go to church, the messe is celebrated in the nearby village of Sarraquinhos. She has already lost the count of the years that she lived and she has almost lost the faith...

The sun of the beggar

Alentejo
«In the morning he wakes up dizzy with so much light. He goes to the village and shouted: — Who stole me the sun that go so high?»

MANUEL DA FONSECA

The sun of the beggar

BARROSO MOUNTAINS: Forgotten women

Maria Gonçalves Malta & Felicidade Coelho

Being a woman in the interior of Portugal, highlander and deep, it's almost always a sign of pain and grief. Dark scarves are traces of a loss: the youth loss which threatens everything or the loss of the chief of the family who was dominant or — even more painful — two losses at the same time...

BARROSO MOUNTAINS: Money of the wind...

There aren´t almost any cattle left. Nor flax, nor wool, nor spinning-wheel. Now all people deals with the wind… The wind turbines are spread all over the mountain.

BEIRAS' PROVINCE: Romance of the rich man

«Was an old rich man/ twice married twice widowed./ Married a poor woman/ he took great pride...»

ROMANCE OF THE RICH MAN

(traditional song)

HISTORIES OF THE SACRED & PROFANE

(...) All these pilgrimages together, year after year, join thousands of people, and in these festivals there are many wonderful sacred and profane rituals which are mixed together and complete themselves in an imaginary expression of faith and tradition.

AMARANTE: ST. GONÇALO HAS GOT A THOUSAND LIVES

In Amarante the June´s festivals are dedicated to St. Gonçalo. Disputed monk between Benedictines and Dominicans, is worshiped by the people and is known as the old ladies matchmaker, wonder-worker and merry fellow...

HOME ALTARS

Many families, specially from the east, keep the costume of praying daily in front of these icons, believing in its advantages: «they have powers that Our Lord has given to them and are examples of the faith that has costed them many sacrifices», people told me.

MONTESINHO: to live and to die slowly...

MONTESINHO MOUNTAIN

«This is not what people say it is…» (said Ana). Since I want to “fool me” so much, I will take some photos… «So the machine is no good?» — she asks. They can leave the land, but nobody can take their pride away or the people´s wisdom. That´s how it is in Montesinho…

PORTRAITS OF PENEDA-GERÊS

«And we now offer you a bit of rum and a piece of bread, do you accept? How about a slice of tender meat or pork? Look, I give you! Nice and clean, the bread is from baker and the ham is also good. Would you like a piece of pork? I give you! And I’ll give to you in willingly...»

LUCINDA PILOTO (82) Pitões das Júnias

BEYOND MARÃO MOUNTAIN: A SUPERB AREA OF WATER AND STONE

The Marão mountain is a superb area of water and stone. (...) The rudeness of the people that lives here may be due to the same reasons that support wild cows dark brown, wild goats and rabbits, wolves and a large black crows with many legends and superstitions...

TRADITIONAL MARKETS OF THE NORTHEAST

For those who leave the Valley of Sabor still cloudy and goes up to the upland from Miranda, just after the Dawn, passing through Carviçais, Fornos, Lagoaça, Mogadouro… you should see the donkey´s wagon that have taken the asphalted street carrying the labour of the first hours of work, still in the company of their old owners. These animals are the main event in the 'Gorazes' (the market), every year on October 30th.

PORTRAITS & TRANSFIGURATIONS

«So you like to photograph old ladies? Look! I was very pretty when I was 23 years old. Would you like to see it?»

MARIA MALTA Vilar, Boticas

TRAIN LIVES: DOURO TRAIN

(...) The great majority of users that runs between the small stations and stops are unskilled workers, small shopkeepers and old people without their own means of transport, who have to travel daily to their work, visit family and friends or do shopping in the markets. They make «train lives».

THE ROUTE OF THE DOURO WINE

ALTO DOURO WINE REGION — UNESCO World Heritage Centre Wine has been produced by traditional landholders in the Alto Douro region for some 2,000 years. Since the 18th century, its main product, port wine, has been world famous for its quality. This long tradition of viticulture has produced a cultural landscape of outstanding beauty.

VIDA E MORTE CLANDESTINAS

Pig slaughter [PT]

«A vaca é nobreza, a cabra é mantença, a ovelha é riqueza, mas o porco é tesouro.» (Popular)

Na Europa medieval a criação de porcos era um sinal de fartura e ao mesmo tempo uma oportunidade para o fortalecimento dos laços familiares, quer através da festa, quer através da partilha...