Brazil Culture


Brazil Culture

Full of rich history and vibrant traditions, Brazil is a country flourishing with cultural practices. One can see traces of many different cultures walking around a city in Brazil that are unique to each state in the country. The influences in Brazil from around the world can be seen in music, dance, food, sports, buildings, and more. One of the more popular sports in Brazil known as Capoeira, is a martial art that originally came from Africa, although it has changed and taken its own identity. Capoeira today in Brazil is practiced by both men and women and is accompanied by traditional customs that were used in Africa during the time period.


Brazil has a tropical climate, but to due to its geographic location there are five different regions throughout the country ranging from very hot and dry to humid and rainy. The southwest of Brazil can even experience cases of snow! The various climates of Brazil impact the different lifestyles in the country. The weather is great all 365 days a year , just choose the right part of the country to visit at a given time of the year. 


Brazil Music


The music in Brazil ranges from group get togethers, to street music, to live bands, and more. The artistic expression in the country is all over the place and can be shown in many different ways. People inspire and provoke others by singing a popular song in a public space. Gatherings usually don’t occur without a guitar, a ukulele, a tambourine, or any other instrument (indeed just a kitchen pot may do in some cases).


Bahia is considered to be the epicenter of cultural variance and artistic expression. The music, dance, and rhythms are very catchy and essential to the Bahian culture and way of life.

 
Carnival

The annual tradition of Carnival is the most widely known event in Brazil. Carnival is a fusion of music, dance, parades, and parties that transforms into a massive celebration throughout the country. In Salvador, the carnival is a giant street party with musicians and bands that ride through the city playing for hours. The Salvador carnival is known as the biggest street party in the world.

The carnival in Rio is more of a spectacle where the communities prepare for an entire year. Samba schools prepare for the event and parade through the streets for one of most festive and colorful events you will ever witness.
  

Architecture

The architecture found in Brazil is certain to catch the eye of many and Brazil has preserved some of the Iberian styles from the 16th century. One can find restaurants, offices, government buildings, and more of various styles reminiscent of the period. Brasilia was designed by Lucio Costa, Oscar Niemeyer, and Roberto Burle Marx and they were some of the great architectural minds of Brazil.

Language and Literature

In Brazil, the language and literature is one that is very romantic by nature and filled with a lot of meaning. Jorge Amado and Paulo Coelho were two writers who received international acclaim for their works in Brazilian literature.

Paulo Coelho´s works have been internationally praised and he has sold more copies than any other writer in Brazil. He was also selected into Brazil’s literary association which is considered as one of the most distinguished accomplishments for any writer.


Women are also represented in a lot of Brazilian literature. Cecilia Meireles and Lygia Fagundes Teles are some of the more popular writers due to their use of metaphors in short narratives.


Brazilian Religion

Brazil is a very religious country and apart from language, a lot of the influence in the country can be found in religion. The main sector of religion in the country is Roman Catholic and Brazil has one of the largest Catholic populations in the world.


As a country full of various cultural influences, Brazil mixes aspects from native Indians to African traditions in religion. In Bahia especially, different African traditions are combined with Catholicism in which the people are guarded by Catholic saints.


There are 3 different religions in the south of Brazil which are Protestant, Catholic, and Candomble. The Candomble tradition is different in that the people use German and Italian food as offerings to the deities which are cultures that largely influenced this area. Many Brazilians also take part in the spiritualism of Allan kardec in the south.


In other regions in Brazil, such as the Amazon and Pantanal, religion is more Indian based. In regions such as the northeast, many Brazilians practice traditions involving saints with healing powers. These saints however, are not recognized by the Catholic church.

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