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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Even with the advent of sugar cultivation and the foundation of the first royal city
there was little time for leisure — certainly not the kind of culture which would be
likely to produce great works of literature . Strangely , this rather barbaric situation
Brazilian Romantics also produced a great deal of poetry that is more in line with
what we now consider typical of the period . The best example is probably
Álvares de Azevedo ( 1831 – 1852 ) , dubbed by critics “ the Brazilian Byron .
In Minas Gerais this new support was almost exclusively from lay brotherhoods ,
which vied with one another to produce ever more elegant churches and
monuments to honor their patron saints . Some of the great Baroque churches in
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