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 most famous and most visible urban slums are those of Rio de Janeiro ,
because there the poor live on the hills and the rich live on the lowlands , a
reversal of the usual pattern . Rio ' s slums are called favelas , after the first slum
in Rio ...
Until the end of the 1950s , when programs of recorded music became dominant ,
variety shows before a live audience were often those that achieved the highest
ratings . The most famous example was the César de Alencar show , broadcast ...
In that first program , called TV na Taba ( TV in the Village ) , there were live
songs and comedy , and a discussion about the benefits that television could
provide . Regular evening broadcasts , from 6 to 11 o ' clock , were established ,
and in ...
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