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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The Catholic Church remained relatively weak up until independence in 1822 ,
and during the reign of Pedro II ( 1840 – 1889 ) it was weakened further when he
refused to publish a papal encyclical denouncing the Masonic Order .
ments of many of these churches , especially the Pentecostals , by 2000 more
than 15 % of the Brazilian population belonged to a Protestant denomination .
Today the fastest growing church in Brazil is the Universal do Reino de Deus ...
Most of the best examples of Brazilian Baroque are found in Minas Gerais ,
although many Brazilian churches were remodeled and enriched by the ... Most
of the great painting of the era is found on church ceilings or on ornamental
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