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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Illustrations Oxen ( boi ) , often used for riding on muddy terrain in the rural
northeast Mercado Modelo , the former city market in Salvador , Bahia Aerial view
of São Paulo ' s major favela ( slum ) of Heliópolis Long , narrow fishing boats ...
Salvador was Brazil ' s first royal city . Founded in 1549 , it was for most of the
colonial period the principal port of entry for the millions of slaves brought from
Africa , and it is still Brazil ' s most African city . Salvador ranks as the fifth fastest ...
The capital of Salvador in the state of Bahia is noted for its street Carnival and for
its trios eléctricos , flat - bed trucks wired for sound that cruise around town
providing around - the - clock music for individual dancers and organized groups
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