Her story speaks of a woman, Maria Regina, who grew up in Rio de Janeiro under challenging circumstances. Her father was an officer in the military who abandoned his children shortly after the birth of Maria Regina’s brother, who turned out to be mentally challenged. It is a struggle some life and even more so when their mother died when Maria Regina was 14 years old. They lived on the street, of alms and small work until she managed to get a work as a waitress at a bordello. Here she one night met this gentleman dressed in white and with a red tie. He never demanded her favours, only gave her gifts. One night he gave her his watch and with that a charm telling her that it was important that she left work before 3 a.m. and if she couldn’t do that, that she should wait until 7 a.m. Shortly after she found herself in the streets at 3:30, when she realized what time it was – and as she realized this she heard the voice of two bandits calling her to freeze. With nowhere to run in that dark back alley in Lapa, she turned around trying to talk her way out of what was about to happen. They approached her with knifes seeking to rape and kill her. But as they approached her a man dressed in white with a red tie appeared behind them, in his hand a razor. He jumped the attackers and killed them both, but alas, in this he also suffered deadly cuts to himself. In tears Maria Regina was given the razor from the dying Zé Pelintra as he placed his panama hat on her head… From this night on she was known as Maria Navalha, Mary Razorblade.
Pomba Gira Maria Navalha is naturally a great force for protection of women and to punish abusive men. We have her in two forms, one white and one red. The white Maria Navalha is charged and worked for the sake of protection, suave, yet deadly… while the red Maria Navalha is charged with that extra element of fire that makes her aggressive and fierce in her protection.
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