Belltoller's recent thread on WSOF got me thinking about an old thread idea that I've never actually posted: until now. For those of you who trained capoeira in any capacity with a group, how was the history of the art presented? Meaning: what, if anything, were you told about capoeira's origins? How were you told this information--during class, at workshops, some other way? Also, did you agree or disagree with this history? Did it seem likely or not or did it even matter to you? Because there are so few capoeiristas on MAP I also want to extend my questions to those who have never trained in it: for you, what was the most interesting thing you've heard about capoeira's history? What was the most egregious/outrageous/unbelievable thing you've heard about the history of the art? Did any of these things affect how you viewed the art and, if so, how so? As for me, I had heard a lot of things about the art's history in the beginning (some of which are mentioned in the aforementioned WSOF thread), some of which seemed pretty fantastical (akin to the TKD stories of ancient Tae Kwon Doin kicking people off of horses). These many years later now that I am a historian, some of the ideas and their justification, or lack of same, seem quite silly, but I'm curious to know what others have thought about the art. So, what did you hear?