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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Brazilians probably don ' t spend much time thinking about the rest of the
continent , probably in part because those other countries seem so insignificant .
In a less generous people this kind of attitude could easily turn into arrogance ,
but in ...
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 .
He used his troops to legitimize his claim , and in 1580 began the 60 - year “
Babylonian Captivity ” with a Spanish monarch on the Portuguese throne . A
second and less expected result of the episode was that since none of the young
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