segunda-feira, 1 de dezembro de 2008

Dike of Tororó of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil




Sacred lake

For fans of Candomblé the dike of Tororo is one of the addresses of Oxum, ORISHA fresh water, lakes and fountains. In December many mothers tend to deposit in the holy lake baskets of flowers and gifts in honor of ORISHA. On Tuesdays, the children of Ogum the dam will also make their prayers and offerings. To honor the site, considered a sanctuary, the plastic Tati Moreno made a number of sculptures of deities. Eight of them are inside of water: Ogum (god of iron and war), Oxóssi (god of forests and hunting), Shango (god of thunder and lightning), I wish (the father of all deities), Iemanjá (goddess the sea and mother of deities), Oxum (goddess of rivers, lakes and fountains), Nana (the oldest of the deities) and Iansã (the goddess of war and storms). The sculptures are in a wheel in the position where the sons of the saint embedded ORISHA usually dance in terraces of Candomblé. At the center of the wheel is a source with a blast from 40 meters in height.

Dike of Tororó

Sacred for fans of Candomblé, who make offerings to deities in their waters, and preferred area of leisure in Salvador, the dam of Tororo, on Avenida Vasco da Gama, is considered one of the most important natural springs in the city. Overturned by the National Historical and Artistic Heritage, the dike has 110 square meters of mirror and a water area of 25 square meters in the surrounding area, where they are distributed recreational equipment for all ages. In 1998, he was fully recovered and revitalized, making it also one of the postcards of the Bahian capital. 
In the dike is one of the main points of recreational fishing in Salvador. In the lake are offered other options for fun and skate to practice rowing, paddle boat and kayak tours of traditional and crossing by boat from a room to the other. The crossing in boats stylized was one of the ways people move around the city before any avenues of the valley. Currently, the wooden boats are one of the attractions of the dike. 
In addition to the leisure inside of water, around the dike of Tororo there are various options such as playgrounds, jogging track and gym equipment. Drinking fountains, toilets, two restaurants and kiosks for sale of sweets, ice cream, Acarajé, coconut water and magazines complete the infrastructure of the site. In dike happen also cultural events and presentations of plays as the Passion of Christ during Holy Week.




In the mid-nineteenth century, the government of the province of Bahia built the streets of Vala (current JJ Seabra), channeling the river of guts in the stretch of barroquinha and doing away of the former Dutch lake. Already the dam of Tororo was gradually being grounded from 40 years of the twentieth century, when they began to open avenues of the first valley in Salvador (Vasco da Gama, Castelo Branco and Vale of barrels). At that time the stadium was built Otávio Mangabeira, better known as Estadio da Fonte Nova. He took one of the areas that formerly were inundated by the waters of the dam.


Dam of Dutch

The Dutch were the first to build a dam in El Salvador. During the invasion of 1624 they dam the river of casings with the intention of preventing the defense of the city by Portuguese soldiers, who wanted to attack them at the east side. The lake was formed by two dams: one near the convent of Caramel and the other near the monastery of St. Benedict. In the eighteenth century, was built beside the dam of Dutch (which was located where today is the Lower Shoe Repair of) a new dam called Tororo. Formed by the impoundment of the river Luca, was extended from the vicinity of Cagayan to the vicinity of the Fort Barbalho. The author of the work is unknown, but the intention, according to some historians, was flooded and inaccessible to the wide valley.


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