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 covers an area just slightly larger than the Northeast . Since it is located
centrally , it is defined by the two major river systems which drain it , the Amazon
in the North and the Paraná in the South . The Paraná is part of the Plate
Although a major sugar port in the sixteenth century , Rio grew slowly until the
gold rush at the end of the seventeenth century , and in the eighteenth century
the shift of the economic axis of Brazil made Rio a natural site for its second
Today Minas Gerais is home to four of the most important steel mills in Brazil ,
and Belo Horizonte itself has major metallurgical , electrical , and textile plants .
As industrialization progressed , the government financed the construction of new
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