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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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
Lay Literature The other major contributors to early Brazilian literature were
laymen , such as Pero de Magalhães de Gândavo ( Tratado da Terra do Brasil
Treatise on the Land of Brazil ) ; Gabriel Soares de Sousa ( Notícia do
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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 ,
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