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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both Indian and African rituals , which gave Catholicism a uniquely Brazilian
character . The Catholic Church remained relatively weak up until independence
in 1822 , and during the reign of Pedro II ( 1840 – 1889 ) it was weakened further
This kind of activism is new and even frightening to many Brazilian Catholics , to
whom Catholicism is a cultural presence but not a doctrine . More typical of this
kind of religion are those who go to festivals with Catholic regalia , observe holy ...
... African saint when it appeared they were praying to a Catholic one , but the
double identities are now so ingrained that ... remarkable feature of these African
religions , the vast majority of the faithful consider themselves to be good
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