•  Born Manoel Henrique Pereira 

    «Besouro’s father was named João Matos Pereira, nicknamed João Grosso, and his mother was Maria Auta Pereira or Maria Haifa. Maria Haifa was my aunt, so Besouro was my nephew [cousin], and was raised as my brother. My mother raised him.»

    M Cobrinha Verde in Santos, 1991

    Manoel Henrique [..] native of Urupy


    Besouro Mangangá was born in the quilombo Urupy in Oliveira dos Campinhos, district of Santo Amaro da Purificação, in the region called Recôncavo Baiano

    Da Silva, 2010

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