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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Fond of the conceits and wit characteristic of the Baroque period , he is probably
at his best using those weapons to skewer clergymen , adulteresses , and a
whole panoply of other social types of the Bahia of his time , as in this sample ...
THE BAROQUE Once the Dutch were gone , Brazilian art and architecture again
reverted to the Portuguese model , which at this point was the Baroque , a style
that emphasized curves over straight lines , free ornamentation , and extravagant
Most of the best examples of Brazilian Baroque are found in Minas Gerais ,
although many Brazilian churches were remodeled and enriched by the gold
from Minas . The most notable of these was the cathedral in Salvador , whose
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