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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One reason that the transfer of the monarchy to the colony had such impact was
that part of Portuguese colonial policy had been to keep Brazil quite literally in a
state of servility during the colonial period . Brazil was viewed not only as a ...
During the entire colonial period , Brazilian Catholics demonstrated a tolerance
and flexibility almost unknown in the Spanish colonies . The few secular priests
there were often had female companions and children and were tolerant of both ...
THE COLONIAL PERIOD ( 1500 – 1830 ) Early colonial Brazil was a harsh
environment with sparsely settled and widely separated Portuguese outposts in
which survival itself was by no means assured and in which the Portuguese
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