The Mystery of Shells

Foto: Humberto Capai

Legends, Superstitions, Curiosities

There are many interesting facts about the mollusks.

Some of them I collected from books, others I learned long ago, in school. Most of them, however, I heard about here and there, in my constant walking along the seacoast, listening to artisans, shell collectors, mangueadores, or to mystic Brazilians – the “babalaôs”, who use the shells to find out the secrets of the future.

Also, I earned a lot talking with superstitious people, like the ones who put a shell behind their doors, to bring luck.