21 April 2008

Tiradentes

Today is one of my favorite Brazilian holidays: Tiradentes! Translated to mean "tooth puller," Tiradentes commemorates the 1792 death of Joaquim José da Silva Xavier, a dentist turned rebel, was hung and quartered for his part in a movement towards liberating Brazil from Portugal.

4 comments:

Smartphone said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
Liz W. said...

I agree with smartphone. This post is likeable!

Hung and quarted seems like overkill to me. (Which then reminds me of "The Office" episode where Dwight said that he would be called "The Overkill Killer." That has to be one of the funniest episodes. But, I digress...)

Christy B. said...

freaking awesome.

Amanda said...

Wow! I wonder what it was about dentistry that made him go rebel? Maybe I could be a professional rebel? Or at least a rebel rouser?