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Molambo, Maria. Maria Molambo was a possibly mythical 19th century Brazilian woman who ran away from home rather than be married to a man she didn’t love, was caught and disowned by her father, and forced to turn to prostitution to survive. From the early part of the 20th century Molambo appeared in Brazilian ballads, street stories, newspaper serials, films, television shows, and telenovelas as one of the primary incarnations of Pomba Gira, a Femme Fatale spirit of the Afro-Brazilian religions.

The fictional Maria Molambo, while incarnating Pomba Gira, is variously courtesan, prostitute, alluring, dangerous, a seductress, and transgressive, and ruins men’s lives and avenges the wrongs done to women.

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