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Research trip

From Tesoros, one of my favorite stores in the world and home of many hand-made treasures small and large.

The Cordel tradition

Yesterday I posted about José Francisco Borges without fully acknowledging the folk tradition he comes from. Brazil’s Literatura de Cordel is a folk art tradition of north east Brazil. These artists self publish their verse and illustrations in the form of folhetos or pamphlets. There’s a lot to admire about any surviving folk tradition but I am particularly inspired by Cordel literature’s adaptability, popularity and accessibility. The verses are written and illustrated by people of humble means and education for an audience of similar means. I can’t think of a single example of anything like this in North America.

Quotation: Borges

Jorge Luis Borges (1899 – 1986) said:

“To die for a religion is easier than to live it absolutely.”