Dona Cabeluda dies. Burial of the biggest pimp in Bahia moves Bahians

Dona Cabeluda dies. Burial of the biggest pimp in Bahia moves Bahians
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Her name is Renildes Alcântara dos Santos, but by her official name no one knows her in Cachoeira or anywhere else. Recôncavo or in Bahia.

In fact, Renildes always made a point of hiding his real name. She preferred to be called by the nickname they gave her and made her famous: Hairy, because she had a lot of hair on her body.

Hairy looks like a character taken from a romance novel. Jorge Amado. His life story is an unwritten but lived Amado novel.

Forced by her family to marry a much older man at the age of 13, Renildes held on as long as she could. But, at the age of 20, she ran away and ended up, through one of those coincidences in life, in Jorge Amado’s hometown, Itabuna (BA).

Alone, Renildes had to manage as best she could, including doing what you are thinking of, prostitution. From there she went to Feira de Santana, until she arrived in Cachoeira, the city where she stayed until she died last Monday, the 6th. It was in Cachoeira that Renildes became “Cabeluda”.

There, he started working in a “corny“, a regional term in the Northeast that means nightclub, nightclub or prostitution house. Soon, he set up his own, “Brega da Cabeluda”, the most famous in Recôncavo Baiano.

So famous that it led a native of Cachoeira, Gleysa Teixeira Siqueira, to defend a master’s thesis about her, “Uma História de Cabeluda: Mulher, Mãe e Cafetina”.

Better yet, the thesis was defended not at UFRB (Federal University of Recôncavo Baiano), but in Brega da Cabeluda itself.

The story of the “last madam” in Cachoeira, in Recôncavo, led researchers and even those who had never been to “a house of tolerance” to enter “Brega de Cabeluda”, as the house number 12 on Rua Sete de Setembro is known.

It was on Tuesday, July 5, 2017, and the reason was to defend Gleysa Teixeira’s master’s thesis. With a degree in history from UFRB and now a master’s degree in social sciences, the researcher decided to tell about one of the city’s living legends.

“My idea was to give visibility to the story of Cabeluda, who is part of these stigmatized, marginalized and excluded women. She managed to survive and maintain herself and despite patriarchy, she made a name for herself in society. She is practically a living legend of the city.”

For Gleysa, the fact of presenting the work in “cheesy” form also served to deconstruct and remove the negative veil from the place.

“When I was growing up, I heard people say a lot, ‘ah, upright women can’t walk down the brega street’, and a lot of people didn’t. I know there are current issues involving crime in some places. But we also have to break these stereotypical views. Because Cabeluda’s example is one of empowerment. There is no report that she exploited women,” she argues. [Bahia Notícias]

Cabeluda and Gleysa Teixeira

Unlike other pimps, Cabeluda never managed or charged agency from the local prostitutes. He only charged for room rental.

Cabeluda died at the Santa Casa de Misericórdia Hospital in Cachoeira, aged 79. The cause of death has not yet been released.

At the opening of the ordinary session of the Cachoeira City Council, councilors held a minute of silence in his honor.

The path of his body to the cemetery crossed the city with a small crowd following. Which would certainly be much greater if all the hidden visitors to Brega da Cabeluda took off their masks and showed up there.

The article is in Portuguese

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