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 The Diversity of Brazilian Culture

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Candomble Salvador Bahia

 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Brasilia, Minas Gerais courtesy of Embratur

 

Candomble - Salvador, Bahia   

 
 

Brazilian Culture is rich and complex. Brazil was forged by the dreams and energy of European, Asian and Arab immigrants; by the hard labor of the Africans and by the love of its native Indians.

Brazilian people are, perhaps, the most ethnically mixed people in the world. A complex race produced by the unparalleled blending that took place in this immense country.

By walking down the streets of Brazil, especially in the large cities, particularly Sao Paulo, you can witness this diversity right on the faces of the people. It is an exotic display of different skin color, hair type, eye color and shape, height, build and so on. These are the people that molded Brazil and shaped its culture.

Downtown Sao Paulo Downtown Sao Paulo

Unique Cultural Heritage in Latin America

Although the country wasn’t colonized by the Spanish, Brazil is a Latin American country. The colonial Brazil was invaded by the Dutch and desired by the Spanish but the Portuguese crown kept a tight hold on its largest and richest colony.

It was the only Portuguese colony in the Americas. Therefore the official language in Brazil is Portuguese and not Spanish as people sometimes confuse. Moreover, Brazilians do not share the same physical or cultural traits of its Latin neighbors and pride themselves as a unique people.

An Eclectic Mix

Brazilian culture is rich in its folklore, music, literature, architecture and art in general. There are common cultural characteristics and also regional ones. In the northeast, the African influence was strong and is noticeable in religion, food and music.

In the south, where there was affluence of European immigrants, we can find strong European architectural features. The Native Indian character prevails in the north region. And in the very urban southeast, there is a potpourri of it all. 

Tres Poderes Square Brasilia Tres Poderes Square - Brasilia           Distrito Federal

Statues Aleijadinho Minas Gerais  Statues of the Prophets by Aleijadinho Congonhas do Campo,  Minas Gerais

This level of race mingling originated some peculiarities. For instance, for the most part, the class division in Brazil is defined by wealth and not by ethnicity.

Through Brazil travel, you will be able to see a lot of Brazilian cultural characteristics, no matter what part of the country you visit.

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