Saturday, 17 September 2011

2011 - STAMPS OF BRAZIL - 17

Brazil issued on July 23th a miniature sheet with four stamps presenting myths of Brazilian folklore that were and are still present in the collective imagination of grandmothers, parents, children and grandchildren. They are popular values and beliefs kept alive from one generation to another and very often, orally transmitted.
In the top left, the image of Curupira, a hairy, red-haired monster with inverted feet mounted on a boar, scaring a possible agent of deforestation, represented by a man and a chainsaw that down the tree. In the upper right, the Mãe-do-ouro (Mother-of-gold) emerges from the water with a fireball in her hands, protecting gold mines and guiding courageous gold prospectors.

At the bottom left, the figures of Boto (Dolphin) and a young pregnant woman alludes to the legend of seduction of women by an unknown man. In the lower right corner, the Mula-sem-cabeça (Headless Mule), a story about a woman who loves a priest and is cursed into an equine, that breathes fire out of its head. We can also see in the upper right the logo of the National Philatelic Exhibition - BRAPEX 2011.

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