Noiva do Cordeiro - where women rule - PhMuseum

Noiva do Cordeiro - where women rule

Marlena Waldthausen

2016 - 2018

With Jair Bolsonaro, another misogynist man whose motto in life seems to be hatred, currently leading Brazil, it seems almost unreal that in this country there exists a community that is one of the most beautiful examples of what women and men are capable of and, perhaps most importantly, where women rule.

Noiva do Cordeiro is in every aspect the opposite of what Brazils new President stands for.

There is no violence and no church. No hierarchies,

no privileges. And the central figure of the village is a modest old lady: matriarch Delina.

In her village, fights are not brought to court but solved in long discussions. Everybody earns the same. For small and bigger investments everybody helps with what they can. Homosexual love is as accepted as heterosexual love.

Kids are looked after in turns, the older and the sick are taken care of. In the huge community house in the centre of the village, food is cooked for everybody several times a day. They smoke, dance and celebrate.

.And - very different from the rest of the country - power lies in women ́s hands.

The origin of this female rule lies in the village ́s history. Towards the end of the 1950’s, a strict evangelical priest married the then 16-year-old Delina and established a

rigid system: no music, no contraception, only long hair and clothes, several daily hours of praying and a womans word always less valid than a man’s.

In the beginning of the 90s the women finally rebelled and broke with the autocrat. They turned away from his male dominated regime. They banned religion, wanted to live compassionately, without a priest, in a community without prohibition.

Trying to classify the community structure of Noiva do Cordeiro, one would probably call them matriarchal, socialist and grass-roots democratic.

But people in Noiva don ́t need terms or theories. Their principle is - and that may sound as utopian as beautiful - love. Everything else follows.

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  • Men building a house on the weekend

  • Keila as Keila Gaga, a Lady Gaga double

  • Delinas youngest daughter Keila being prepared for a show

  • the women are the most supportive fans

  • harvest of the small red chilli peppers they sell

  • The main source of income is agriculture. Nap time after lunch.

  • day trip to a waterfall nearby

  • The people in the village grow up as one big family

  • Jordania and her daughter Bruna, both born in Noiva do Cordeiro

  • The women are recording a support video for PT (worker´s party) before the last elections

  • Homosexuality is as accepted as Heterosexuality

  • Old people are taken care of by the community through a rotation system.

  • Delina, the matriarch

  • Noiva do Cordeiro

  • The main source of income is agriculture

  • Girls watching a telenovela


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