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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One glance at a map of Brazil will suggest even to the untrained eye that two
major river systems , the Amazon in the North and the Paraná in the South , are
dominant features of the Brazilian landscape . The Amazon itself is a study in ...
It covers an area just slightly larger than the Northeast . Since it is located
centrally , it is defined by the two major river systems which drain it , the Amazon
in the North and the Paraná in the South . The Paraná is part of the Plate
As a result of this feat , the Portuguese were spurred into action , and the
following year Pedro Teixeira led a Portuguese expedition up the Amazon ,
formally claiming the land for Portugal , the documentation of which later held up
in court .
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