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By Joshua Rapp Learn, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO - Amongst all of the diverse forms of Brazilian music and dance, Capoeira has been one of the most persecuted due to it's origin in martial arts. Celebrated today as an iconic part of Brazil’s cultural heritage due to the acrobatic and musical performances of its practitioners, Capoeira has broken free from the negative reputation.

Although the history of Capoeira suffers from a lack of documentation, especially previous to the twentieth century, scholars tend to agree that the roots of the martial art came across the Atlantic with African slaves . . .

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