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 northeastern state of Ceará . Alencar authored some 40 volumes of prose ,
drama , and essays , but his novels , which number about 20 , are his best -
known works . The two most famous ones are 0 Guarani ( 1857 ) and Iracema (
1865 ) ...
The best example of his work is the shamelessly romantic Iracema ( Iracema ,
1886 ) . Published in 1865 , it was reprinted annually for a century , and by now
the number of editions probably surpasses the number of years of the book ' s ...
He also guessed , correctly , that readers would not be irritated by the frequent
use of similes , especially those equating characters with some natural
phenomenon ( Iracema is the “ honey - lipped virgin ” and her father , the shaman
, is “ wise ...
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