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Vicente Ferreira Pastinha, Mestre Pastinha
Salvador (Bahia), 1889 — Salvador (Bahia) 1981
His early life is little known; his most active period goes back to the times of the persecution of Capoeira. Confronted with Bimba's academy's success, a famous group of
capoeiristas from Salvador united to found an academy in 1941. They feared that Bimba's innovations, his adaptation to ring competition and to young whealthy (white) people, would lose the Capoeira spirit. This attempt failed. The Salvador capoeiristas trained and met up in their usual places, and, from the end of the 1940s, in the barracks opened up by Waldemar in the Liberdade neighbourhood, to greet the capoeiristas and tourists wanting to see capoeira.
In the early 1960s, Pastinha re-opened a "traditional" academy, where the folklore scholar's influence is felt. In 1968, in spite of two exceptional capoeirista's membership, João Grande and João Pequeno, his academy is in decay, whereas the Capoeira schools of all styles and all clientele are multiplied. Pastinha died on the edge of poverty in Salvador in 1981. A couple of years later, his image became the emblem of a Capoeira which, contrary to that which had spread throughout the rest of Brazil, asserted its afro-brazilian ethnicity.