What a strange village? When you Enter sprinting cheerful children on a to and call: “Welcome to Noiva do Cordeiro, may we show you around?” The women are hugging constantly and with devotion. The men talk quietly and gently, different than usual in Brazil. And in the village hall, the cross of Christ, or the photo of the President, but a simple old woman, the matriarch Delina.

the structure of the village is different. There is no Plaza with the town hall and the Church, a community house where all the residents cook together and play. The village has no mayor, and the Church demolished in this Catholic area of short-hand – “the best decision ever”, as you will find. Also, the everyday life appears different. The kids don’t go in the crib, but are in turn managed by families, so the mothers can work or rest. The Old do not care nurses, but alternatively of neighbors. Dispute to clarify the residents are not before the court, but in the collective on the stage of the theater on Saturday evening.

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In your luck acts the blessed diversity of the community as a sect. But there are no prohibitions in Noiva do Cordeiro, no hierarchies and privileges, and – according to the Dream of John Lennon’s “no religion, too”. People are allowed to smoke and drink, and gay and free atheistic, in every relationship.

Only one pattern is noticeable: In Noiva the women rule. You determine the policies and finances, you will have to reign in the culture, justice and agriculture. In the midst of this Patriarchal state, has chosen Jair Bolsonaro just a misogynist autocrat to President, and you have the Power.

The shows in the morning. To the Sound of crowing roosters, 20 women and two men climbing on the back of a truck. You also drive through the mountainous area of the state of Minas Gerais to the fields. A peasant woman singing folk, over the valley a cloud of verb depends on burned wood, a scene from another century.

arrived On the field, crouching women on a wooden stool, and the harvest of Pimenta biquinho, red Biquinho chilli peppers. The morning sun is already burning. Some begin to sing, often self-written songs about love and friendship. Other dialogues to practice for her next theatre piece. Others discuss the decisions to be taken in the village: How can we improve our Internet? We need a clinic?

“So we come to decisions,” says Flávia, a slender woman with blond Curls, giving way to the rays never from the face. “Here on the field, not in a body. We just talk all day to each other.

No one pulls away. You need more Land and Jobs

You’d call this probably the basis of democracy, but she has heard the term never.

Flávia, 34, lived with her mother and ten siblings in a Favela, as the matriarch Delina discovered the impoverished family and to the village. Today, Flávia is its spokesperson. She is also a dramaturge, field worker and band Manager. “Each of us does what she loves” , she says and pours hundreds of chili peppers in a VAT. “Why should we reduce ourselves on a Job?”

They would call that self-realization, but they also have no name.

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in addition to Flávia Vilma sits between the beds, a stocky little woman, 42, was selling burgers and once a week children are cared for and then head pillow fights and eiswette shot held. “I’m the crazy aunt in the village.”

And in addition to Vilma squats Leia, 48, organized the field work, as well as the Mandarin harvest and the wood cases. Elsewhere we would call you Boss, “but we don’t have a Boss,” she says, laughing. “I’ll take over the organization, simply because it pleases me.”

Even the site knows neither rank nor staggered payment. Each worker will receive 1000 Real per month, 220 Euro. “However much we give back to the community,” says Leia. “To buy a tractor or a Computer.”

You could call socialism, but they also have no name.

appearance of the matriarch

After the field work, the women meet for the collective lunch in the parish hall. The children come home from school and workers from the sewing factory where they sew costumes for the music band. The women hug, as she hadn’t seen in years. From the neighbor’s house increase the smell of fresh coffee, the residents of roasting in a pan pot above the fire.

At long tables, you self-serving, harvested cassava, freshly slaughtered beef and home-baked cakes. Children around flit between the tables, a Teenager, help in the kitchen. There is something of the youth hostel and the village has a feast and the communes of the 70s.

is driven On a recliner for a disabled woman in the room. It is Delina Fernandes, the matriarch is. She wears simple long dresses and in the mouth a hand-rolled cigarette. Mother, Delina, is quickly surrounded by women who enter into the conversation immediately. Including Pink, and the political leader, and a resolute woman. And Edilane, the economy Department head, in search of new fields of business for the village: a Lady-Gaga-Double-Festival, farm Stand-up Comedy or slings for dogs.

A big decision. You will grow from 350 residents on the soon to be 600, no pulls here. You will need Land and Jobs. Should you put on the well-Known and the agriculture intensify? Or open up new paths and attracting tourists? More Opening or more Tradition?

the next day, the Secretary of state for tourism wants to present the idea of a festival. Noiva has become in Brazil a bit of a local sensation. He sees a gap in the market, a kind of world novelty: the model village of the blessed women.


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Meanwhile, the men sit with aprons in the Rank and file on the long wooden table. About bowls, you bent-core Jabuticaba, black berries – a scene, as it is known otherwise only from the women. The Recent break back to work on the Roofing, plumbers, or what is on the agenda, all without pay.

by now it is clear: In Noiva fact prevails mainly the matriarchy, only to call the residents, it is not so. You need for your System, no concept and no theory. They do not see themselves as feminists, they have never heard of Gloria Steinem or University attended. You ask them to idols, says Flávia: “Lady Gaga. Ex-President Lula. Our Delina, the mother of love.”

Flávia says it without any irony or shame. And she pushes a thought afterwards-worthy sentence: “I love my husband. But the love for my community and my women is stronger here.”

the origin of The woman domination in the history of the village, one of oppression and Rebellion, as so often in the history of emancipation. Noiva do Cordeiro was founded 130 years ago by Maria Senhorinha, a 19-Year-old, the forced marriage escaped. They settled down far from civilization in the valley, together with the man her heart belonged to. The two had nine children who married were allowed to whomever they wanted, regardless of class, race, and Religion. A then revolutionary concept. In the erzkatholischen area, they were isolated, excluded from the trade, reviled as Unholy. However, their village grew.

at the end of the 1950s, married Mary, granddaughter, Delina a preacher, Anísio Pereira who initiated the next Rebellion: He questioned the Faith, the concept of repentance, confession, and celibacy. The residents, he moved to his side, and so they split the state religion.

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But Pereira questioned not only Catholicism, but all religions and came to the conclusion: The truth is, I am. He founded his own sect, Noiva do Cordeiro, bride of the lamb. Henceforth, he ordered the subjugation of women, forbade them to cut their hair and to prevent. His wife, Delina, he said, to bring sick children to the doctor – with the note that God will heal them. Three of her 15 children died.

“It’s a regime of terror,” tells the Pink, Delinas oldest daughter. “My father had only overlooked one thing. His daughters, whom he had been living, any Religion, to question, to go to bed with him: Why should I listen to any music, if you makes me happy? Why do I have to pray for four hours, when I hungry keel over?”

Pereira’s own wife Delina rushed him in 1995, finally, in the middle of the worship, and laid down: “Enough! From now on, we no longer fasting.” His daughter is Cute: “I want music at my wedding and dance.” Pink responded to the most radical: “I’ll have a vasectomy.”

And so the women überwarfen with the autocrat and made a radical decision: We banish all Religion. It brings only harm.

It was the third Rebellion. And every Time she wore one thing in Common: the rejection of a male-dominated system of rule. “It was, of course, that we try something New,” says Pink.

they decided on the Obvious: to live the love that was preached by the Patriarch, but without the Patriarch. The community – but without bans. Henceforth, contraception is allowed, music, Smoking, Drinking, one must stand above it all: respect, tolerance and Sisterhood. “The management took over the leader of the Rebellion: women,” says Pink.

And the men think it’s okay?

“Ask her”, says Pink and on the way in the kitchen. The politician has to clean.

the men in Noiva often in loving harmony with their children, but also in the evening in the pub, on the sports field. Ostensibly a scene from the Trump Country: White men with a beer bottle, workers without a high school diploma, on the big screen the football is on, from the boxes of country music. But, she reflects: “For us, the matriarchy works,” says Nego, Rosa’s younger brother, a plumber. “In the history of our village men are always failed. Now is the time of women. Our life has improved a lot since then.”

Nego is married with a 20 years younger wife, a teacher, and the home command. “Women are suitable for politics,” he says. “You put the common good at the heart, not the fight, the elbow. Our village is hostility in the Region. We men would have us fight with fists. Our women rules the diplomatic, with love.”

the story of The young Erick

In his large-heartedness of the village appears after a few days of pure, almost Holy. There must be weaknesses, one wonders, perhaps, in dealing with Strangers or minorities. “Since you Erick have to ask,” says Nego. Erick’s Curls, a shy young man with a thick and a thin face. He sits in the pub, but in the dining room in front of the community computer. He developed the Website of the municipality. You want to offer a room on Airbnb, including meals and skin close to the Experience of women’s power.

On the intolerance, says Erick: “I have discovered a couple of years ago that I like men, but knew, what is it, so we were isolated.” For the study, he went to Belo Horizonte and learned that there is a name for it, homosexuality. “I broke down and became depressed. Finally, I confessed it mother, Delina, said to the women in the place: “Help Erick. Don’t let him alone.”

The women wrote a play in which you aufarbeiteten Ericks history. The whole village came to the Premiere. “On this day I was reborn,” he says. “No one has said it disparagingly.” Meanwhile, other Gays and lesbians have known – on the country in Brazil is often still a taboo.

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The education sounds like a socialist economy, with a turn. But Erick sees it differently: As to the matriarchy, the villagers on the acceptance of homosexuality is not about theories, but the personal experience came. “I hurt, the discrimination, so we ended the discrimination together. When it comes to love, do not need to change the Individual, but society as a whole.”

Currently, Erick is completing a distance-learning course for computer science. To live outside of his village, he can not imagine. “I’ve tried it in São Paulo. The people there are very lonely and self-centered. We embrace ourselves constantly. Everyone helps each other. Here I am, a complete, a fulfilled human being.”

These words often fall. The quotes of the citizens are similar. “We don’t think individualistically,” says Flávia matriarchy. “For us, it comes as a Single only good if it’s all good.”

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The citizens of swarms of infinite freedom, but is based on a System of life rules rigid. The school is run by parents, but the teachers there are working without pay. Hardly anyone in the village is insured, so need to put together for operations all. The residents go often to the houses, they sleep on loved one, a friend or a family.

They would call that communism, maybe collectivism, but such designations are to the women foreign. Sometimes it acts like a flat-sharing community of 80 houses, made for a reality show.

Despite their hard use, it’s hardly enough to live on. Many of the men work in three hours by car away and big city of Belo Horizonte as a craftsman or on the wholesale market and return to the only home for the weekend. “It is the great dream of mother, Delina, is that we get home that we are creating our own industry,” says Flávia.

the following day, the rescue. The Secretary of state for tourism, up roars in a black Audi on the sandy trails up the slope. A jovial, corpulent man, as we understand it from the Brazilian policy. A reception command of the women sings him a song, gescheitelte children serve the feast, a scene from times of late colonialism.

“you Are not touching beings,” he says, the Reporter turned. Then he gushes, as if it were a native tribe: “they are unique, you have to market. The happiest people in the world. I’ve seen only in Africa. I want to develop the village, a gondola lift to build Hotels. An open-air Park of the Matriarchy, unique in the world. The Slogan: Here you will find the happiness.”

The Secretary of state is invited to the weekly culture night, the highlight in Noiva. The residents perform a play about the liberation of the Religion with the Central sentence: “The Church preaches love, truth, Terror.” It follows the appearance of a Lady-Gaga-Doubles and two local stars of country music.

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Then it is strange. Residents to enter the stage and publicly apologize for the dispute that you had. It is a kind of village of confession takes place. Flávia read out a bombastic Declaration of love to mother-Delina – “You, love”. These moments of worship seem to be brainwashed, but maybe that’s just the prejudice of a suspicious reporter.

On the last night, the matriarch asks for an interview. Mother, Delina, 76, lives in a simple room, this is still a Republican saves than any other. On the lap she holds a large bowl and sorted by the way harvest the Day.

it Is not an exaggeration, this overwhelming love and warmth?, we will ask you.

she looks surprised. “Not at all. There are original human needs. Close. Heat. Love. That’s what we all want. We don’t live it often.”

And this is a model women should be represented better?

“For us, the more so – after all of the male tyranny. We want more humanity and life to the very aware.” Perhaps even more important in times of new male autocrats?

Now, she looks perplexed. “What’s that supposed to be?”

And in times of MeToo.

“Me too?”, she asks.

mother Delina has heard nothing. She apologizes to me for their simple language, they only went to elementary school.

Maybe her matriarchy only works because it is cut off from the world to live in?

“we’ll see about That now,” she replies. “The Isolation was not our desire. Our children have been cut in the schools. Our men had no work. We want ideas from the outside. But I don’t know if your life is out there, so much the better.”

she smiles now, conciliatory. It doesn’t look like a Guru. More like a wise woman with the heart in the right place.

you See, the matriarchy of Noiva as a model for a better world?

mother Delina looks at a now testing, than this is the wrong question. Then she says: “I don’t see it as a matriarchy. The Machismo is so dominant that it is regarded as a Sensation, when women make decisions. In essence, we want our equality.”

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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.


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