Banho da Paixão (Passion Bath)

With the proximity of the Good Friday, inhabitants of Olivença and Milagres, in Ilhéus, stage rituals of protection and faith, supported by the sacred power of the waters. Men and women imbued with the Catholic faith and based on religious myths, alternate, in the mornings (women) and in the afternoons (men), in dives in the beaches of the localities mentioned, believing that no harm will come to them during the whole year.

The origin of the custom is still uncertain, but it’s known that the popularity of the Passion Baths date back to the leisure of the indigenous tribes and African peoples.
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