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 French Artistic Mission and invited visits by other European artists produced
a curious situation — much of the most famous art and architecture produced in
Brazil in the early nineteenth century was produced by foreigners . Brazil ' s great
A case in point is one of the most famous Brazilian painters of the late nineteenth
century , Pedro Américo ( de Figueireido e Melo ) ( 1843 – 1915 ) . Pedro
Américo was fond of paintings inspired by Biblical motifs , but he became famous
Among her most famous cannibalist paintings are Abaporu and Urutu ( both 1928
) , Cubist pieces in which perspective and proportion are eliminated to produce
figures which only suggest human forms in a mythic , tropical space . Many other
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