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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The salient figure in the Romantic novel in Brazil was José de Alencar ( 1829 –
1877 ) from the northeastern state of Ceará . Alencar authored some 40 volumes
of prose , drama , and essays , but his novels , which number about 20 , are his ...
It is set in the early colonial period in Alencar ' s native Ceará and deals with the
romance of a Portuguese soldier , Martim , and the beautiful Indian maiden
Iracema . Along with the problems of the mixed union , there are other taboos and
ject , but Alencar sensed that the reading public would consider the Indian
somehow genealogically important . He also guessed , correctly , that readers
would not be irritated by the frequent use of similes , especially those equating ...
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