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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But there is a hidden agenda to the geography of Brazil , something that might be
called a geography of the mind . Since it is such a large country , Brazilians view
themselves and others as identifiable by region of origin . Regionalism has ...
THE CENTER - WEST This region includes the states of Goiás , Mato Grosso ,
Mato Grosso do Sul , and the Federal District , Brasília . It covers an area just
slightly larger than the Northeast . Since it is located centrally , it is defined by the
The northern boundary of this region coincides almost precisely with a normal
temperature line of 75o and the southern with a line corresponding to 65° .
Except for a narrow coastal band running south and west of Rio de Janeiro ,
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