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 Rio , traditional rivalries between soccer clubs are similar to the intense
rivalries between samba schools , and soccer games , like carnival celebrations ,
are wild , loud , emotional events where paper cups , food , and beer go flying
Each region displays it own special characteristics , but a general atmosphere of
permissiveness reigns nationwide . Although those outside Brazil often
characterize it as the world ' s biggest party , Carnival actually belongs to the
family of pre ...
Unlike the glittery , feathery excess of the costume balls and the samba school
parades , street carnival often makes fun of the decorative bombast and promotes
humorous self - deprecation . In all regions of Brazil Carnival is celebrated with ...
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