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 third option was to use the Indian as material for heroic historical drama and
fiction , which was exactly what happened . Although the Indian had also been
subjected to servitude and was at this juncture not numerically even a very ...
It is set in the early colonial period in Alencar ' s native Ceará and deals with the
romance of a Portuguese soldier , Martim , and the beautiful Indian maiden
Iracema . Along with the problems of the mixed union , there are other taboos and
Almost all Brazilian Indian masks are representations of spirits or deities , and all
have ritual significance . In some of the larger villages as many as 50 masked
figures might dance in a single ritual . In architecture , Brazilian Indians
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