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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Culture and Customs of Brazil Jon S. Vincent Culture and Customs of Latin
America and the Caribbean Peter Standish, Series Editor GREENWOOD PRESS
Westport, Connecticut • London Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication
On the other hand, there is an interpretation of "culture" that is broader and more
anthropological; culture in this broader sense refers to whatever traditions, beliefs
, customs, and creative activities characterize a given community — in short, ...
... and it is a culture which has been illiterate for most of its existence, but which
has produced some of the best poetry and prose in the hemisphere. Brazilians
are sometimes almost stifled by tradition but persist in being free-wheeling —