BESOURO MANGANGA

 

Since childhood, Enrique Manuel, son of Maria Joao Grosso and Haifa, learning the secrets of street Capoeira with Master Alipio, in Santo Amaro da Purificação and was baptized " Besouro Maganga "because of its flexibility and ease to disappear when we needed black lui.Un safe adventurous spirit, he never worked in a fixed location and never had a defined profession. When y'avait too Besouro opponents and lost the advantage, he would disappear without anyone knowing where he went, "flying" like a bird which he wore around nom.Son then began to assign supernatural powers. By train, on horseback or on foot, Besouro depending on the circumstances, was in Santo Amaro Maracangalha to work in factories or haciendasSon student and cousin Master Cobrinha Verde said that one day he found work at the Colônia Plant ( Today Santa Elisa) Santa Amaro.Une week later, on the day of arrival pays, the boss said, like other employees, his salary "had flown" Sao Caetano, meaning that there were nothing to him payer.Ceux who dared to revolt were whipped and tied to a tree in the sun for 24 hours. Besouro, he grabbed the head and forced him to pay him after getting a great coup.Vindicatif and rebellious, Besouro did not like the police and regularly had problems with it. It is even said that sometimes Besouro left their weapons to lock in their own time he prison.Une oblige a soldier to drink a large amount of cachaça before locking. When he awoke, it complained to his commander, José Costa, who appointed 10 men to catch Besouro dead or vivant.Quand he realized the police approach Besouro left the bar where he was and planta, arms outstretched, on a cross drawn on the road, saying that it would make a great pas.On heard shooting that left him lying on the ground capoeirista.The commander approached, thinking him dead, but rose Besouro singing and ordered the men to retirer.Les disputes and revolts were many at the time and regularly Besouro took sides against the owners of the "haciendas" and factories as well police.Employé in the Fazenda Dr. Zeca, and father of a child named Memeu, Besouro was appointed to die. An influential man, Dr. Zeca sent via Besouro, who could neither read nor write a letter to his friend manage the Maracangalha plant, which gave the order to kill the coursier.On ordered Besouro to wait until the day after the response to the letter. He went to look for early the next day and was surrounded by more than 40 soldiers who fired him dessus.Il walked away from the place dodging bullets with ginga of the body. A man known as Eusebio de Quibasa hit him with a blow of wooden knife, known in the tradition of Candomblé (African-American religion who settled in all destinations black slaves) to be the sole weapon capable of killing a man "in closed body" that is to say that resists bullets as seemed to be the case Besouro.Manuel Enrique, Besouro Manganga, died young at the age of 27 in 1924. Three of his students are still alive, Rafael Alves Franca, Mestre Cobrinha Verde and Siri Mangue.Aujourd'hui, Besouro is a symbol of Capoeira throughout the territory of Bahia, admired for courage and loyalty with which he included to help oppressed minorities by the police and landowners.