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 the population of the area has mushroomed with the discovery of gold
deposits and the relocation of population from other parts of Brazil under
government settlement programs , it still has a population density far sparser than
in the ...
The indigenous populations of Brazil , Amerindians , also were genetically
diverse , so to view the present population as ... Others have gradually melted
into the population biologically , so that today perhaps one - fifth of the original
number is ...
Brazil faced a similar problem with the unassimilated Japanese population when
World War II broke out , but even the Japanese population became gradually
Brazilianized , at least after the second generation , and ethnically Japanese ...
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