Dance to the Beat of Bahia

For National Geographic Traveller (in the March 2014 issue)

The congregation is on its feet as it shifts through a combination of singing, swaying and clapping. The music changes but the rhythm is relentless. The dancers become steadily more intense, eyes bulging and arms flaying, one by one entering an unmistakable trance. I can’t take my eyes off the centre stage, but this is no folklore show – I am a guest at a religious ceremony in the Brazilian city of Salvador that traces its roots back to West Africa in the years before colonisation and slavery.

Link to the full story from Salvador here.