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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SPIRITUALISM AND UMBANDA Spiritualism arose in Brazil ... Yet another group
has intermingled spiritualist doctrines with African and Indian ritual , producing
yet another blend ( called Umbanda ) typical of Brazilian society . Although it ...
Many Umbanda groups base their rituals on evocations of Indian and African
spirits , specifically the caboclo ( Indigenous spirit ) or the preto velho ( " old black
, " or African spirit ) , though even on this point there is considerable divergence ...
... inhospitable tracts of land Taipa form of stucco adapted from the Moors
Telenovelas television soap operas Tenentes labor movement sympathizers
Terreiro equivalent of a churchyard Ufanismo lay literature of the colonial period
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