Sao Joaquim Market
Salvador da Bahia Travel Blog› entry 4 of 9 › view all entries
May 27th, 2008 – by: esterrene
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.
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.
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
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