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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Although it was probably never as efficient or as tightly controlled as the one
created by the Spanish , the plethora of sometimes overlapping institutions was a
notable characteristic of colonial Brazil . Perhaps the two most important legacies
Vargas was not the first nor the only Brazilian politician to demonstrate uncanny
skill in reinventing himself , but he is certainly one of the most notable . Installed
by the military in 1930 and deposed by them in 1945 , he returned in 1950 to win
He was also one of several notable writers of the period to obsess , in verse ,
about the unattainable Romantic love object , a theme which eventually became
a cliché for Romantic poets . Although the poets of this “ ultraromantic ” school ...
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