The worship of Portuguese St Gonçalo, patron of marriageable women, was introduced to Brazil in the 18th c. along w/ the dance named after him. The story is that he would convert people by using the viola, dance and merriment. In Brazil, the dance of St. Gonçalo has spread. It is danced as payment for requests in marriage, finding a missing person and curing ailments. During the festivity held before the altar, it is traditional to dance with the saint’s image.