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 Portuguese crown had been reluctant to appoint many Brazilians to
important posts , but toward the end of the century many more of them could be
found in judgeships and governorships . The one thing the Portuguese did well
during this ...
Gonçalves Dias is the author of the immortal “ Canção do Exílio ” ( Song of Exile )
, a lyric poem known by heart by every Brazilian schoolchild and a milestone so
important in Brazilian literature that it has been rewritten , put into song , and ...
Churches were the most important manifestation of Baroque art , both in
architecture and in painting . Most of the great painting of the era is found on
church ceilings or on ornamental retables . One of the few important
manifestations of ...
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