|Afurada - Anchor identities. The festivities of S. Pedro da Afurada|
Oliveira, C. (2015). Afurada - Anchor identities. The festivities of S. Pedro da Afurada, in: Themudo Barata, F. et al. (Ed.) Heritages and Memories from the Sea. 1st International Conference of the UNESCO Chair in Intangible Heritage and Traditional Know-How: Linking Heritage 14-16 January 2015. Évora. Portugal. Conference Proceedings. pp. 98-108
In: Themudo Barata, F.; Magalhães Rocha, J. (Ed.) (2015). Heritages and Memories from the Sea. 1st International Conference of the UNESCO Chair in Intangible Heritage and Traditional Know-How: Linking Heritage 14-16 January 2015. Évora. Portugal. Conference Proceedings. Electronic edition 2015. UNESCO/UniTwin/Universidade de Evora: Evora. ISBN 978-989-99442-0-6. 228 pp.
Afurada, intangible heritage, culture, St. Peter
“Afaruda – Anchor identities” concerns the expressions of religious and cultural identity of the fishing community of Afurada, which belongs to the Union of Parishes of Santa Marinha and São Pedro da Afurada (Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal). The historical roots of the fishing community of Afurada can be perceived through both cultural events and their traces of imagination and people’s identity, and the traditional way of life attached to the Douro River and fishing. One of its most emblematic manifestations can be observed at the annually and always very crowded festivities of S. Pedro da Afurada. For the people of Afurada, this event is an anchor of identity. Although an urban parish, Afurada has always been linked to the fishing industry on account of its geographical location at the mouth of the Douro River. Since this activity is associated to many risks, people take refuge in their faith. This is how the festivities of S. Pedro da Afurada appeared. The great devotion that this population has for St. Peter (S. Pedro) becomes a soaring celebration, a big thank you for the protection and the graces bestowed upon its people throughout the year, culminating in the procession carried out in honor of this saint, which will be highlighted in this presentation.