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  This Cannon was manufactured during the Iberic Union,
an unification trade between the crowns of Portugal and Spain due to a Portuguese crisis from 1580 to 1640. In 1581, the Portuguese Avis dynasty ended and Felipe II of Spain was crowned as the sovereign of the two kingdoms. This cannon participated at least in one combat because there is an impact dent in its mouth.

  It is believed that centuries later, this cannon could had been used in the Paraguay War, a former Spanish colony. It was brought to Brazil after the conflict as a victory trophy.
The Paraguay War was the great armed conflict in South America in which Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil united fought against a small country that became later known by the fact of bringing children to the battle front. In 1869, the last year of the war, with almost half of the population exterminated, around
four thousand kids composed the army in Acosta Ñu, Paraguay. According to Adriano Muñoz, environmental engineer and activist, their mothers kept up hidden from sight with the
children helping them with rocks and wood pieces.


The effects of the war still have ramifications in Paraguay today, an impoverished country in midst of constant political instability. Paraguay, like other South American countries, are suffering the social, economic, political and emotional impact caused by the Covid19 pandemic. Brazil is the epicenter of this pandemic and Ecuador and Venezuela are two other countries that show the tragic effects of the new corona virus.  


Today, fear has settled in our bodies invaded by an invisible enemy. Differently than the blaring cannon balls that penetrated fearful bodies, Covid-19 infiltrates body organs in silence.

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Anxiety and fear can be communicated through sweat creating a chain reaction. Ants that suffer attacks
in their nests produce pheromones of alarm awakening
a defense reaction within the colony.


To the salty smell of fear, we have added civet and castoreum to bring forth the smell of urine, sweat and feces that accompany moments of horror. We can compare the terror of the soldiers facing the battles with those taken by the Covid-19. Today, we are all living the desperation of fear.

That is the cannon’s history and the reasons 
it is associated with the smell Fear
These questions are bridges between you and 
passages of Brazilian History - past and present.

It would be exciting to have your 
contribution in the construction of an 

imaginary collective smell glossary

What would be the  smell of Fear for you?
Can you describe in words?
Do you remember ever smelling Fear?
How was it like?
Do you have memories of Fear? 

Answer here