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 NORTHEAST The Northeast comprises nine states — Maranhão , Piauí ,
Ceará , Rio Grande do Norte , Paraíba , Pernambuco , Alagoas , Sergipe , and
Bahia , with a total area about four times the size of California or two and a half
The Northeast amounts to about 18 % of the area of Brazil and holds a little over
28 % of its population . It was the first area exploited by the Portuguese in the
colonial period , and thus the techniques used in agriculture and the social
The Northeast has three cities of over a million population Fortaleza , Recife , and
Salvador . Fortaleza was founded as a fortress to counter the French presence in
the Northeast . The fort was destroyed by Indians and rebuilt by the Dutch ...
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