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 addition , by the year Brazil was “ discovered ” by Europeans in 1500 , it is
estimated that nearly 10 % of the population ... but that number was drastically
reduced first by warfare with Europeans and more importantly by European
And since the Portuguese were the first Europeans to have contact with many
other linguistic groups , it contains many ... while the Indo - European languages ,
which include Germanic , Celtic , Greek , and Slavic , would be a super - family .
The mixture of Brazilian and European ( mostly French ) styles contributed to a
lack of precise definition in Brazilian art and architecture . Many buildings were
designed by Europeans and decorated by Brazilians , which further blurs the ...
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