It would be nice if there was more info about her in English but you can use a translator I suppose... :) : https://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dona_Beja
I would make an English entry for her on Wikipedia if I knew how... Her story deserves to be shared with more people... : "
Ana Jacinta de São José, known as Dona Beja (Formiga, January 2, 1800 - Bagagem, December 20, 1873) was an influential personality in the 19th century in the Araxá region of Minas Gerais in Brazil.
She arrived in Araxá with her mother and grandfather in 1805. Her father was never known. As she became a young woman, Ana's beauty was making other women jealous. Throughout her life, Dona Beja, as she became known, irritated women and enchanted men. She met farmer Manoel Fernando Sampaio (Antonio?), Her catechism colleague before being forcibly taken to Paracatu, with whom she ended up having a long relationship years later. It was from her grandfather that she received the nickname “Beja” for comparing it to the sweetness and beauty of the “kiss” flower the Portuguese name of the " Hummingbird ".
In 1815, the beautiful young woman was kidnapped by the King's ombudsman, Joaquim Inácio Silveira da Motta, who is fascinated by her beauty. Her grandfather ended up killed by the ombudsman's dragons while trying to prevent his granddaughter's abduction. For two years, Beja lived as a lover of the ombudsman in Vila do Paracatu do Príncipe. After that, he returns to Rio de Janeiro at the request of Dom João VI and Ana Jacinta decides to return to Araxá.
As a curious fact, when she slept with the men she selected at the jatobá farm, Beja, together with her faithful friend Fortunato, an apothecary at the time, created certain potions, known as the "yes or no remedy". When Beja did not want to sleep with a certain man and his wealth, on the other hand, enchanted her, she put the "no" potion in her drink. This meant that the man was unable to maintain relations with Beja, which was kept a secret that did not leave the room, since the men would be ashamed to confess the fact. Thus, Beja was paid by the night as if everything had been consummated. The "yes" potion, on the other hand, was just the opposite.
Upon arriving in Araxá, she found a hostile environment. Conservative local society did not see her as a victim, but as a seductive woman with questionable behavior. However, the women of the city considered it a great risk to the ethical values of the time. Thus, she became an unwanted and marginalized person by society.
Aided by the wealth accumulated in Paracatu, she built a magnificent country house, in order to install a luxurious brothel there, known as the “Chácara do Jatobá”. Dona Beja, as she came to be known, lay down every night, with a different man if he paid her well, but with the condition to be able to decide with whom to sleep. She became famous, attracting men from the most remote regions, to know her charms: these covered her with money, jewelry and precious stones.
The legend tells of the existence of a miraculous water from “Fonte da Jumenta” meaning "Fountain of the Donkey " in Portuguese, which gave Dona Beija youth, health and beauty and where she bathed every day. It is said that Dona Beija never forgot Antônio and that he always remained her great love. One night, moved by drunkenness, he invaded the “Chácara do Jatobá” and D. Beja ended up choosing him, slept with him, became pregnant and gave birth to a girl.
Dona Beija was the one who ordered the killing of Antônio, for having discovered that he was responsible for a beating she took from two black men that cornered her on a road, leaving her very hurt. As a result, she went to court, but would be released with the help of her faithful friends.
Beja decided to leave Araxá with her daughter in the middle of 1853, in a procession formed by well carved carts, in order to transform her life, moving to Bagagem (today Estrela do Sul).
She started to live in a large house with a slave house in the back where the slaves were. Dona Beja also did gold mining and earned a lot of money from the diamonds she found.
Just before she died, Dona Beja allowed herself to be photographed. Sick, she stood up, leaning on a chair.
On December 20, 1873, legend has it that she died of nephritis, a disease with no cure at the time. She was buried in a coffin decorated with zinc, which is suspected to have been found in June 2011, during excavations for the construction of a fountain in the city of Estrela do Sul, in the square of Igreja Matriz, where there was the old cemetery of the City.
The Brazilian soap opera produced by Rede Manchete, Dona Beija, was inspired by her life. "