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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Recife began as a humble fishing village . When the Dutch took nearby Olinda ,
Recife was part of the mini - renaissance that took place , housing the zoo and
botanical gardens the Dutch built , as well at the first European observatory in the
They then looked to Recife , which was probably richer and even less well
defended than Bahia , and in 1630 a fleet of 65 vessels took that city . Again , the
Spanish and Portuguese relied chiefly on sea power to attempt to regain control
Recife , now renamed Maurisstad , underwent a complete renewal , with a
centralized downtown and hundreds of new buildings . The Dutch imported
building materials from Europe but also plundered existing buildings for their
stone , tiles ...
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