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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160 THE ETHNICITY OF RACE THE CONVENTIONAL WAY of viewing the
question of race and ethnicity in Brazil is to see the country as some sort of fusion
of three ethnic groups — white , black , and American Indian . That is in a very ...
The indigenous populations of Brazil , Amerindians , also were genetically
diverse , so to view the present population as simply an amalgam of three
identifiable racial or ethnic groupings is a great oversimplification . The three
basic ethnic ...
It is also a culture which takes a certain pride ( sometimes hypocritically so ) in
being a place where various ethnic groups have commingled to an extraordinary
degree . If this falls a bit short of the rather more exalted ideal of the national ...
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