The Fardamento
In the doctrine of Raimundo Irineu Serra
 

 

About the existence of a fardamento ritual

Yes, the ceremony happened before the beginning of the work. Mestre would give the instructions of how should behave a fardado and then he would call one by one to pin their stars. Sometimes, when there were too many people, he also summoned other fardados to also pin the stars in the new fardados. They started the work already fardados...

Daniel Arcelino Serra - www.afamiliajuramidam.org

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"The brother or sister, in case their time had come, would dress the farda, the star and would enter the salão to dance, don’t you know?"

Percília Matos da Silva - www.juramidam.jor.br

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“How did Mestre proceed when some one wanted to become a fardado?”
“He explained that it was a responsibility. 'For what reason the person wanted it', he would ask. Because even to drink the Daime Mestre would ask: 'why do you want to drink the Daime; do you know what the Daime is?' It would even 'frighten the person'. He would say: 'Look, you are going to get yourself into a very serious thing; is this what you want? It is a great responsibility'. It applies the same for the fardamento. It is not for everyone. Sometimes he would say: 'Give it some time, you have to know this service better, to know if it is worthwhile'. He did not like anything to be forced; not at all. This decision had to come from the heart… to say 'you have to get your farda, to stay here', negative! I never saw him do that. There were some people that I think lived their entire life here and never became fardados. Sometimes he would see someone that he thought could develop into something else and he would say: 'Look, you are ready to get your farda', but it had times that it was better to stay without the farda, really".

Daniel Arcelino Serra - www.juramidam.jor.br

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"When I arrived in Rio Branco, on February 14th of 1957, there were few fardados, gathering the most thirty on occasion. After a time I felt the wish to get my farda, but he, Mestre, thought that it wasn't the moment and when the moment was right he would tell me. Two years later I became a fardado. In that time you could only get your farda in two dates: the day of Saint John (6/24) and the day of the Virgin of the Conception (12/08), where always more than one person would get their farda. They had to wait for these dates. The maraca, which was the first instrument that he received from the Queen, was the following; it had a rehearsal for people who wanted to learn. There are people who want to take the maraca off the works and this is wrong.

Mestre once in a while also taught the steps of the danced ritual. These rehearsals were without farda. In the fardamento he would give instructions, saying that the fardados had to form a current always with the positive thoughts. The one that did it with more care would pass to the line in front, soon becoming a support person, independently of seniority.

He also told how behaved the fardado in the everyday life. One has to have a respect and love behavior towards the fellow brothers and sisters. This is how Mestre began. It was after that the official farda came, but I don't recall when. The first hymn sung with the official uniform was his. In this time there were a few Hinários. The only ones who had it were Germano Guilherme, João Pereira, Maria Damião, Antônio Gomes and later on other people like Raimundo Gomes. After these dates more hymns started to appear".

Daniel Arcelino Serra - www.afamiliajuramidam.org

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