quilombo


A quilombo was originally a slave camp or town set up in the Amazon jungle. In this place the groups of slaves of African origin who fled from the farms where they worked hid to avoid possible reprisals from the masters and the authorities.

This may seem like an insult or a dirty word, but the reality is that this term has a very interesting origin, rarely known. If we think about it for a moment, the word, like so many others, represents the typical terminology of the African languages ​​that populated our land and contributed to its culture.

The term quilombo in Portuguese comes from kinbundu, a word that comes from an African language spoken in the territory of Angola, since many of the slaves who came to America came from the African continent.

As with many words, the term we seek to define here has also gained and taken on new meanings over time. Therefore, to say today that something is a quilombo is to apply a pejorative tone to that something, referring more than anything to the disorder, to the chaos that can exist in that place and that clearly refers to the type of life that was led in the ancients. quilombos of slavery.

In some countries, the term is also used to refer to a space where women offer sexual services. Quilombo, in this sense, is synonymous with a brothel: “Television cameras detected a married politician entering a quilombo at dawn.”

In Argentina and Uruguay, quilombo is used to describe a disorderly and confused situation. Therefore, a fight in a bar, a very agitated and tumultuous demonstration or a heated argument between neighbors are contexts that are usually described as quilombos.