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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Traditional Class Structure In Brazil ' s plantation society social class was of an
almost feudal character . There were basically two classes , the aristocracy of the
planter class , which was created by the acquisition of land and property , and the
whitening ” or Europeanizing traditional African religions . Many Umbanda
groups base their rituals on evocations of Indian and African spirits , specifically
the caboclo ( Indigenous spirit ) or the preto velho ( " old black , " or African spirit )
But traditional birthdays involve all age groups , follow a theme that is repeated in
the cake and decorations , begin with the honored child opening presents as his
guests and their parents arrive , include singing “ Happy Birthday ” in ...
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