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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Although Brazil was considered a less than ideal destination because of the
notion that the tropics were an enervating environment , immigrants did arrive in
large numbers , because Brazil was still considered a place of some opportunity .
But the rapid decline in the Indian population and the relatively few Portuguese
immigrants means that the continued importation of African slaves made the
population largely black and mulatto for almost two centuries — in 1818 the ...
In all , the number of European immigrants entering Brazil in the nineteenth
century was roughly equal to the number of slaves freed by the Golden Law in
1888 — between 600 , 000 and 1 , 000 , 000 . The end of slavery was only one of
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