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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In Rio , traditional rivalries between soccer clubs are similar to the intense
rivalries between samba schools , and soccer games , like carnival celebrations ,
are wild , loud , emotional events where paper cups , food , and beer go flying
Preparations for the spectacular parade of the escolas de samba ( samba
schools ) actually are underway year - round not only for fund - raising , but also
for sewing costumes , rehearsing dance steps to the school ' s song , and
practicing the ...
Costume balls cater to the wealthy at the opposite end of the economic spectrum
from samba schools . ... Unlike the glittery , feathery excess of the costume balls
and the samba school parades , street carnival often makes fun of the decorative
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