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 Equator cuts across northern Brazil at about the latitude of the Amazon River
, but that does not really provide a sense of the tropical nature of the country . The
old city of Salvador on the northeast coast is at about the same latitude south ...
Only in northern and coastal Paraná does the tropical climate typical of the rest of
Brazil obtain . Over most of the region annual temperatures are in the 60° to 65°
range , and in the southern part of this region the daily average may be only 50° ...
In the second , Antropofagia ( cannibalism ) , the central figures are mythic ,
tropical beings only tenuously based on any observed reality . Among her most
famous cannibalist paintings are Abaporu and Urutu ( both 1928 ) , Cubist pieces
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