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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It is a Catholic country in which everybody seems to have a second religion , and
it is a culture which has been illiterate for most of its existence , but which has
produced some of the best poetry and prose in the hemisphere . Brazilians are ...
Racial democracy ” is a concept based on the myth that slavery in Portuguese
America was somehow milder and more humane than that in the Spanish
colonies , an idea clearly refuted by the existence of colonies of runaway slaves ...
It chronicles one cycle of drought that takes a poor cowboy and his family from a
desperate existence ( the film opens with the family on the road fleeing from
drought ) to a slightly less desperate one when rains come bringing relief . The
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