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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In architecture , Brazilian Indians constructed everything from small windbreaks
and awnings to the gigantic malocas ( longhouses ) of the upper Xingu . In the
case of the larger structures , common in many groups , the construction of a new
There are very few remnants of early architecture — the materials themselves are
perishable , and many buildings in Brazil were reconstructed various times to
conform to current tastes . Only late in the century were there stone buildings ,
In architecture , “ neos ” predominated , including neoFlorentine , neo -
Renaissance , neo - Romanic , and even neo - Arabic and neo - Hindu
movements , these again adopted in Brazil without any real immediate relevance
to Brazil .
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