Belém Elects its Queen of Queens

Thalita Maués brings another title to Grêmio Literário Português (the Portuguese Literary Guild).

Last week the various clubs of Belém presented their queens in the annual carnival contest for the Rainha das Rainhas (the Queen of the Queens).

In contrast to carnival in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, where the queens wear as less clothing as possible and allowed, the festival of the Rainha das Rainhas in Belém is an event where the queens suffer a lot. The fantasy they have to carry weighs some 30 to 40 kg. Instead of dancing the samba they stumble on the cat-walk, their smiles are a grimace, but it is all for the glory of their (male) overlords of the elite clubs.
Each queen has to enact some fantasy, often related to the Greek mythology.
Let’s have a look at the photos and see for yourself.

The big day of the spectacle of beauty that is the ‘Queen of Queens’ enshrined in its 66 years of tradition, arrived. After nearly three hours of the parades the name of the Queen of Carnival 2012 was finally announced. Thalita Maués took the title.

Thalita Maués paraded with the fantasy ‘Aracne’. Fruit of Greek mythology, the character was a beautiful mortal, with great skills as weaver. Arachne was even compared to the goddesses of Olympus. The goddess Athena felt challenged by the young and decided to promote a competition to see who the best in the art of embroidery was. Athena ended up losing the competition and decided to turn Arachne into a spider. Arachne simply means “spider” (ἀράχνη) in Greek.

Remo with its queen Ana Rosas was awarded as the fourth princess. The ‘azulina’ used the  fantasy ‘Rhapsody in Blue’. The allegory tells the story of the creation of the colour blue, according to Egyptian mythology. Greatest symbol of the goddess Quer, blue is the colour of victory, beauty, joy and excitement.

Alessandra Marina Melo e Silva Soares became the third princess. The queen of Caixaparah took the stage wearing a fantasy of ‘Iaçá: a encantada guerreira do açaí’ (‘Iaca: the enchanted warrior of acai’). Legend has it that in one tribe, the new-borns were sacrificed because of food shortages. Iacá was the daughter of a chief and one night, her daughter was sacrificed. Desperate, Iaçá asked Tupã her Curumin (child) back. Tupã was not exactly a god, but a manifestation of a god.  God then showed a picture of a child cuddled in a palm tree with purplish fruit. Later, the fruits, the famous açai, were used as energy food for the tribe. It has since suspended the order to sacrifice babies who were born there.

Maissa Pâmela, of the Clube de Engenharia (Club of Engineers) became the second princess. The princess paraded in a fantasy using the ‘Súrya Namaskár: greetings to the light of the world’. The allegory was inspired by the east and with reverence to King Sol. According to tradition in India, all people who love, have to worship the sun, which is regarded as God’s eye. The star is a symbol of wisdom and knowledge about the essence of man, besides being in tune with the cycle of life and with power and divinity.

As usual (snarky comment) the Assembleia Paraense (the Assembly of Pará) took the title of first princess with Paula Titan. The 21 year old came in with the fantasy ‘Apsara: the dancer of the Temple of Angkor’. Apsara is a dancer of the music composed by their husbands. On the walls of the Temple of Angkor are three thousand carved apsaras, which catch the eye of visitors inviting them to dance.

So, rest us just some more pictures of the other queens.

So, that was Belém. Up to São Paulo where the parades start tonight.

Source and photos: ORM Portal