Mandingueira’s Holiday Giveaway (Capoeira Beyond Brazil): Win 1 of 5 Free Capoeira Books!

25 12 2008

Yes, you read that right—happy holidays, everyone!  With much thanks to the sponsorship of Blue Snake Books, Mandingueira is offering YOU, my loyal, lovely, and lethally cool readers, a chance to win 1 of 5 free copies of the latest capoeira book on the market: Capoeira Beyond Brazil: From a Slave Tradition to an International Way of Life, by Aniefre Essien.

I’ve actually had my eye on this book for a while, since I discovered its planned October release way back in February, so I’m extremely excited about this!  I feel like it speaks to an area nearly every capoeirista outside of Brazil would be deeply interested in: the globalization of capoeira. Of course, this is me still judging by the cover, but it won’t be for much longer!  In addition to the five copies for you guys, Blue Snake sent me a review copy for myself, so I will be reading and posting a review of Capoeira Beyond Brazil in the upcoming weeks. In the meantime, click here for the book’s official synopsis.

This giveaway was originally to be in honour of Mandingueira’s one-year anniversary (it was the second surprise I mentioned!), but I didn’t want to announce it until I had the books in my hand, and due to a warehouse backlog they arrived only yesterday—just in time for Christmas!  Either way though, the purpose of this remains the same: to show my appreciation for all of you, and give something back for everything you’ve added to this blog. Since I am still(!) working on the Mandingueira One-Year Retrospect magazine, these are further tokens of my thanks and appreciation for you, and I hope you will enjoy the books!

Now, I’m sure I’ve held you long enough in suspense…let’s get down to the important details.


1. Winners will be picked by random draw.

2. The FIRST way to enter the draw is to post a comment of substance on any post on Mandingueira. This means adding to the discussion, raising new ideas, contributing information, constructive criticism, constructive praise, etc. You can also simply introduce yourself and tell us a bit about your capoeirista/Mandingueira reader/feminist/activist/etc. background, whichever are applicable, if any. (Calling all lurkers, this is for you! 🙂 ) Trite/easy comments such as “Great post!” or “Cool contest!” will be appreciated but not counted, and trolls (NOT to be confused with respectful, reasoned disagreement) will be disqualified. If you post more than one comment (including replies to other people’s comments), I will enter your name once for each comment, up to a maximum of three (3) comments.

3. The SECOND way to enter the draw is to subscribe to Mandingueira, by RSS feed or by email. If you subscribe by email, I will see your email address and be able to count you. If you subscribe by RSS feed, you will have to notify me after you do, through email or dropping a line under this post. (Telling me that you subscribed does not alone count as a comment, unless it is part of a comment that is eligible otherwise.) Obviously, this is honours system-based. Please respect that and refrain from scamming the contest.

4. You may subscribe AND leave comments, for a maximum of 4 entries in the draw (up to 3 comments + 1 subscription).

5. One book will be reserved for an exclusive draw for fans of Mandingueira on Facebook. To be eligible for the exclusive draw, you must be already a fan of the page or join by the end of December 26, 2008 (my time). Note: Those eligible for the exclusive draw may also enter in the general draw, in the ways described above.

6. This contest ends at 11:59pm on January 1, 2009 (my time).

7. At that point I will collect names from all comments and subscriptions from now until then, for both the general draw and exclusive draw. (All comments are recorded in one place on my WordPress Dashboard, which is how I can still keep track if they’re on different posts all over the blog.) Random names will be drawn and the winners notified. There will be two draws overall: one general draw for four books, and the exclusive Facebook page draw for one book. Each winner will receive 1 book, even if your name is drawn more than once.

7. On entering the draw, you must give a legitimate email address so I can contact you if you win, as well as be willing to give me a legitimate mailing address upon winning so that I can send the book to you. I must send out all the prizes by January 7th (because I have a flight that day for a new job in another city), so if a winner does not respond with their address before then, they either forfeit the prize or may not receive it for another 4-8 months.

8. Your entering the contest signifies that you understand and accept the Mandingueira Holiday Giveaway Official Contest Rules.

9. Help spread the word! Your capoeira friends thank you, and so do I. 😀

I hope all of that was clear!  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the giveaway.  Happy Holidays!



14 responses

25 12 2008

Of course I subscribe to the RSS feed! 🙂 I’ve even linked you from my academys webpage!

25 12 2008

I’m also RSS-addicted. ^^

25 12 2008
Brian Hartvigsen

I’ve been subscribed to the RSS feed for some time. Love reading your blog. To bad old comments don’t count, I made one a while back. =P Normally I just silently agree so I don’t comment often (this makes number 2 whoohoo!).

26 12 2008

What a nice idea Joaninha. I’m happy to see that your hard word is going to benifit 5 of us 😀

btw: you found a job in another city? How nice is that! Time for some new experiences, maybe get to know new capoeiristas,…
But this time you will let us know if it’s in Europe again. Paris was so close to Belgium, we really missed a chance to have a ‘let’s get to know each other roda’ on Montparnasse 😉

PS: I’m following your blog through the wordpress blogsurfer, does that also count as RSS?

26 12 2008

I’ve been subscribed to your RSS feed for quite some time!

26 12 2008

I haven’t found anyone in my area that teaches capoeira. I practice escrima, but I still would really like to get into capoeira. Thank you for a chance to win something like this 🙂

I’m subscribing, too.

27 12 2008

Thanks, you guys! 😀 Really, Soneca? That’s awesome! I feel honoured ^^”

Haha Skymandr, I’m an RSS-addict too…soooo bad (or is it good?) for procrasination fixes!

Hey, Brian! I have to admit I had to go back and look up your comment, but then I realized it was because you used your nickname last time! I’m glad I managed to lure you out a second time 😉 Maybe it’ll become a habit!

Thank you, Camundongo! That’s an interesting-sounding/looking apelido, what does it mean?

Hi Crystal, thanks for commenting and subscribing! What’s escrima? Is it similar to capoeira at all?

27 12 2008

Haha, Xixarro…I just wish it could benefit more! And yes, blogsurfer counts…just for you 😛

Yup! I was planning to mention it soon but then the contest came up and I didn’t want to “steal its thunder”. It’s still in Canada though, so no upcoming side trips to Belgium, I’m afraid. 😦 Yes, I will be training with brand new capoeiristas, especially since the new city again lacks a branch of my grupo! And I actually got my capoeira teacher’s (grudging & reluctant XD) blessing this time, so no more paranoid pretending-to-not-be-training-with-another-group-while-really-seeing-them-five-days-a-week…

27 12 2008

It’s always better to have these things out in the open.
My mestre always says it’s good to get some other input in capoeira. He says it’s good to train with other groups once in a while.

But that doesn’t mean he likes it when I do it 🙂

PS: Camundongo is a mouse

28 12 2008

I’ve been lurking on RSS for a while!
I hope to comment more (at all) in future.
In the meantime, please excuse me as I have to go and peel some potatoes.

28 12 2008

Xixarro: That appears to be a fairly common attitude with mestres, both the advice and the grumpy response when you actually follow it… I’m sure there is something deep hidden somewhere in that ambiguity… 😉

28 12 2008


I’ve studied this intriging paradoxal message for years. I’ve spoken with some of my wisest friends and argued with the simplest souls I know. After many long debates we have found an underlying message that we have come to name ‘jealousy’ 😉

29 12 2008

Hi Joaninha, I’ve been reading you blog for quite some time now, there are some really interesting articles here, especially those about feminism. I’ve been doing some courses about gender in my university and training capoeira for some years, so the topics do make me curious. I’ve never posted before though, so the contest is a nice excuse 😉

1 01 2009

Xixarro & Skyman, regarding your conversation: Lol! I concur. XD

Tom: Welcome! Looking forward to your input in the future =)

Caribhena: That’s great, and thank you! I hope you’ll find more “excuses” to post in the future ^^”

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