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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This single individual was in essence the governor , principal judicial official , tax
collector , and general big shot of a parcel of land that was 50 leagues ( 150
miles ) wide and theoretically extended westward to the Tordesillas line ,
leading producer of coffee and Minas the principal producer of milk products .
This amusing - sounding but nevertheless unholy alliance was a kind of
gentleman ' s agreement that the two states would alternate the presidency .
THE SIXTEENTH CENTURY The principal artistic manifestation of Brazil ' s first
century as a colony was architecture . Brazil was still an untamed outpost , and
the principal activities of its inhabitants were defense against foreign intruders
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