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 Africans brought to Brazil as slaves were as ethnically varied as the
Portuguese themselves and spoke a variety of languages . The indigenous
populations of Brazil , Amerindians , also were genetically diverse , so to view the
The economic viability of slavery had been undermined by the elimination of the
commerce in humans in 1850 . Slaves who served in the military during the
Paraguayan War were automatically freed , and in 1871 a law freed all offspring
The Portuguese slave trade in Brazil began as a solution to the labor shortage
caused by the decimation of the native populations , but it was not long before
African slaves outnumbered their enslavers , and Brazilian culture became ...
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