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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The problems associated with the idea of culture have been exacerbated in
recent years by two trends : less respectful use of language and a greater
blurring of cultural differences . Nowadays , “ culture ” often means little more
than behavior ...
the growing of grapes , and Brazil has recently become an exporter of excellent
wines . WHERE BRAZILIANS LIVE One of Brazil ' s first historians , Vicente do
Salvador , criticized Brazilians for living “ like crabs , stuck on the beaches . " 3
Those industries , along with the thriving fluvial port activities for the export of
Amazonian products and the recent construction of railroads linking Manaus with
the South , have all contributed to rapid population growth . Belém , capital of the
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