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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Portuguese was declared a “ critical language ” by the U . S . Department of
Education in 1958 , meaning that it was among the six languages singled out by
the U . S . government as a language of political , economic , or cultural
So the Portuguese needed a language which would allow them to communicate
with their reluctant subjects , not only for labor but for the aims of the Roman
Catholic Church . The first missionaries in Brazil were Jesuits , perhaps the most
The first cycle was economically primitive , because it consisted solely of an
extractive industry which eventually produced revenue for the Portuguese in
Europe . This early period , lasting about 30 years , was also marked by the
beginning of ...
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