Culture and Customs of Brazil
Race, religion, language, culture, and national character are full of contradictions. Brazil, the largest country in South America, embodies so much paradox that it defies neat description. This book will help students and general readers dispel stereotypes of Brazil and begin to understand what country's bigness means in terms of its land, people, history, society, and cultural expressions.
This is the only authoritative yet accessible volume on Brazil that surveys a wide range of important topics, from geography, to social customs, art, architecture, and more. Highlights include discussions of the fluid definitions of race, rituals of candomble, the importance of extended family networks, beach culture, and soccer madness. A chronology and glossary supplement the text.
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In addition , by the year Brazil was “ discovered ” by Europeans in 1500 , it is
estimated that nearly 10 % of the population of Lisbon was composed of African
slaves from Portugal ' s various outposts on that continent . The Africans brought
Brazilian Portuguese also borrowed a vast number of words from African
languages and from various Tupi dialects . Among the African languages
contributing large numbers of words to Brazilian Portuguese is Kimbundu , a
Bantu language of ...
Although the Portuguese consciously mixed ethnic and linguistic groups of
Africans in an attempt to prevent any kind of cultural cohesion among the slaves ,
a variety of religious practices of African origin survived . Originally confined
largely to ...
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