Mythological stories originating in Africa collected orally from the descendents of slaves in Bahia and analyzed by ethnologist Waldeloir Rego, are featured in the album Sete Lendas Africanas da Bahia. The work also includes a set of illustrated drawings with woodcuttings by Carybé, presented by Jorge Amado.
Sete Lendas Africanas da Bahia reveals the magical and mythological world of African blacks – especially the Bantus and Sudanese –, transporting and adapting the stories to the colonial environment of old Bahia.
The work was published in two languages (Portuguese / English) in 1977, with 200 signed and numbered copies. The album also includes reproductions and drawings by Rugendas and those of anonymous foreign photographers who traveled through Brazil in the 19th century.