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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11 THE CULTURE OF THE BEACH With over 5 , 000 miles of coastline that is
home to more than half of the state capitals and thousands of beautiful beaches ,
it is no wonder that the beach and its culture play an important part in many ...
Beaches are virtual beehives of activity that will absorb the individual into their
movement , and they are the best ... Everyone goes to the beach ; there are no
age limits or size requirements , and it is not even necessary to get in the water .
During Carnival celebrants sing and dance on the beach along with their own
rhythm sections . Some beaches have small restaurants serving coconut juice ,
and larger ones that offer fresh boiled crabs and performing musicians . In
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