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 contains the world ' s most voluminous river ( the Amazon ) , the world ' s largest
oxygenating forest , the world ' s largest wetland ( the pantanal ) , the world ' s
largest fluvial island , a third of the world ' s iron ore reserves , and the world ' s ...
largest soccer stadium ( the Maracanâ ) . It has the world ' s largest hydroelectric
project currently in operation ( Itaipu ) , the world ' s longest continuous boxand -
plate girder bridge ( the Rio - Niterói bridge ) , and the largest automobile ...
Its beautiful colonial buildings and white beaches stand in contrast to the
Alagados , the largest stilt slum in the country . The two largest cities in the Center
- West are Brasília and Goiânia . Although the idea for a new capital had existed
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