Em Sao Luiz, a religiosidade se expressa nas imagens de Sao Joao, Sao Pedro, Sao Marcal e Santo Antonio fixadas em destaque nos arraiais, nos santuarios e altares--onde as estatuas desses santos permanecem ornamentadas com flores e velas, oferecidas pelos devotos e pagadores de promessa --, nas barracas e tabuleiros com o nome dos santos, nas letras das toadas dos cantadores.
Durante as apresentacoes dos bois, as toadas, o ritmo dos tambores, a evolucao de cada boi, as vestimentas, o espetaculo colorido e brilhante, o papel do levantador de toadas (o mesmo que puxador de samba), sao essenciais e levam o publico a emocao, a um estado de maravilhamento, por apreciar um dos maiores festivais da Amazonia (KOZEL; FEITOSA SOUZA, 2009, p.
The river steamers (gaiolas) sailing up and down the Amazonas River generally have a bar on the top deck, flanked by two enormous speakers constantly playing the Ox Dance toadas on their voyages back and forth.
At the old Parintins harbor, the visitors are greeted with toadas blasting from powerful speakers beside the river steamers and small canoes, shortly to be moored alongside motorboats and modern yachts.
The success of the toadas has increased the number of bands in Manaus.
The toadas are composed in January and February, and house competitions decide which eighteen toadas are to be included on the groups' official CDs.
A famous toadas composer, Chico da Silva, says very perceptively, "In Parintins, people will always love one Ox group and appreciate the other" (interview, 1996).
Or: "We want to play; we are committed not to the theme but rather to the toadas and to the folklore characters.
Together with the lead singer, he establishes a very intense and close communication with the galera, fully integrating it into the Ox group presentation, inviting the singing of the appropriate toadas for both characters and scenes.
The themes of the toadas have undergone a similar transformation.