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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Its beautiful colonial buildings and white beaches stand in contrast to the
Alagados , the largest stilt slum in the country . The two largest cities in the Center
- West are Brasília and Goiânia . Although the idea for a new capital had existed
This marginalized sector of the urban poor often resides in slums , which are
omnipresent in Brazilian cities . In 1987 the Brazilian Institute of Geography and
Statistics estimated the number of Brazilians living in slums to be over 25 million ,
The alagados in Bahia ( the word means “ swampy ” ) are built on stilts out into
the Bay of All Saints and are the largest stilt slum in Brazil . Fortaleza , capital of
the northeastern state of Ceará , has over 200 slums , housing perhaps a one ...
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