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 Pernambuco these slums are called mocambos , in Bahia they are alagados ,
and in Rio Grande do Sul vilas de malocas . The alagados in Bahia ( the word
means “ swampy ” ) are built on stilts out into the Bay of All Saints and are the ...
In 1548 , João III bought back the captaincy in Bahia , and in 1549 the first crown
expedition was sent to Bahia to establish the Captaincy General of Bahia , an
enterprise of the Portuguese crown . The expedition , with over 1 , 000 men , was
These rituals are called candomblé in Bahia , Xangô in Pernambuco , macumba
in Rio de Janeiro , and batuque in Pará . The most traditional ones are found in
Bahia , where ritual songs are still sung in the Yoruba language . Some also
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