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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CANDOMBLÉ During the lengthy period of history in which rival orders and
various factions within the Church vied for the souls of the Indians , another
phenomenon that would forever change the face of religion in Brazil was quietly ...
There is even a form called candomblé caboclo , which incorporates indigenous
deities and rituals . Most forms of candomblé are similar to the santeria practiced
in Cuba , and even the names of the deities , called orixás , are nearly identical .
... 109 chafarizes , 170 – 171 chanchada , 120 – 21 , 124 Chateaubriand ,
Francisco de Assis , 103 , 106 135 campinas , 8 campos , 3 candomblé , 74 – 76 ,
80 , 178 candomblé caboclo , 75 cangaceiros , 123 cannibalism , 123 – 24 , 134 ,
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