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  • I

    Immobile is the earth when the goddess Jaguar
    enters at night in the village
    and with her Urucú, Pajuará Jupicahy,
    Tuarí, Arari, Mangalô
    their faces illuminated, a strip of light
    a warrior dances in each one

    II

    She is the divinity Jaguar
    Opens the universe closed dark
    the shell, nest of all beings
    Murucú Maracá

    III

    the children warriors
    – each one incarnates a myth –
    have belts of braided hay
    adorned with cockatoo wings
    earrings of cockatoo Feathers
    necklaces of jaguar nails
    bracelets of river shells

    VII

    the child jaguar
    transforms in all things
    that live in the water
    transforms in all things
    that live on the earth
    there is no difference between animals and plants
    what lives in the forest is inside the goddess

    VIII

    the children begin dancing in a ring
    in them dances the skin of the animals
    kaiku-si ma gelê tapê-wai
    I said that this was a jaguar
    who comes out of the circle
    kaiku-si ma gelê tapê-wai
    I said that this was a jaguar

    IX

    She is the divinity Jaguar
    Like the ancient forest
    is her soul

    Márcia Theóphilo – 1994
    English version by Hania Kochansky -2000