In the XVI century, the Portuguese imported to Brazil from Angola and the Congo the number of slaves, which gradually brought their dances. Among them, kateretes, embolada and batuk. These dances are Europeans considered obscene because they contained a touch of nudity.
The word embolada, approximately meaning a cow with balls on horns for safety, later became to mean “stupid”. Dance batuk became so popular that Manuel I passed a law prohibiting it. It was a circle dance with steps like in Charleston and clapping to the rhythm of drums. In the center of the circle dancing couple. ]