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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to Jews , and Romanies ( Gypsies ) , had contributed to the gene pool in Portugal
. In addition , by the year Brazil was “ discovered ” by Europeans in 1500 , it is
estimated that nearly 10 % of the population of Lisbon was composed of African ...
As a means of securing the rest of the colony for Portugal , King John III then
decided to implement the capitania ( captaincy ) system the Portuguese had used
on the Atlantic islands . As a system purported to ensure the defense and ...
At the time of the invasion João was regent of Portugal due to the mental
condition of the real monarch , Maria I . A somewhat indecisive person , he
waited until literally the last moment to put his retainers aboard ships as the
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