Sao Joaquim Market

Salvador da Bahia Travel Blog

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The market was my favorite cultural tour during my stay with CCS. It's an outdoor market with the purpose of catering to the poorest populations of Salvador.. many of the vendors live in the countryside surrounding the city. They come in to sell their goods from food to objects of religious ritual, crafts, clothes and housewares.. I wish i could remember the details and facts given by our guide about the market, but I can tell you that the place was alive!

The market was divided into several sections that specialized in a particular type of good.. vegetables were not sold with meat and ritual objects were not sold with arts and crafts.. This layout made it easier for me (and other sensitive people) when I had to prepare myself for the only section that was difficult for me to handle, which was section for the sacrificial animals and walking through the meat section.
cashew fruit!!! cashews are harvested through the ugly stem part and the fruit is often served in a juice...
. i had to keep my eyes focused on the ground and my mind focused on images of the cashew fruit we saw in the entrance of the market, but i could still smell fresh blood and hear the reactions of my fellow volunteers to the carnage displayed before them..

The most exciting section for me to explore was the section dedicated to religious objects of ritual.. Learning, seeing, experiencing the rituals of a community is a fantastic way to better understand a culture.. I don't adhere to any religion but I love the color, folklore, myths, superstitions and art of the million different faiths and the billion different faithful.. When you walk around Salvador you will notice statues of Jesus, Mary, various Saints and then a beautiful Mermaid or a representation of an Orisha in several nooks and crannies of shops, homes and local art.
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The market is located less then a mile away from the Port Terminal in the lower city of Salvador.. i know I am terrible with remembering the name of streets. I will try to find out later the street name. There were taxis waiting outside for people who needed them.. and Be careful as you can easily get lost inside the market.. it was very much like a maze!!! i wouldn't recommend going alone, esp if you have a nice camera. you don't want to tempt someone who maybe feeling desperate to steal when you happen to cross his path.. I didn't feel unsafe when i went, but I was with a group with people who knew me well enough to keep an eye on this wandering Amber :P:P

paz
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