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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In fact , most Portuguese speakers are so delighted that a nonnative is trying to
speak their language that it is almost ... in fact , it is altogether possible to learn a
few fill phrases , such as the equivalents of “ I see , ” and “ Indeed , ” and come ...
to say , in fact , that Brazilian writers may be as influential in what they say as in
what they write . Literature is also the art form most closely coinciding
chronologically with developments in Europe . When Dom João VI arrived in
Brazil in 1808 ...
In fact , though the speech of characters borders on an almost Tarzanesque
dialect , the truly massive infusion of Brazilian flora and fauna appears to
contribute an element of the charm Brazilians find in the novels . Alencar also
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