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 Facts of Brazil: Culture and People

World Cup Brazil 2014

 

Brazilian People in downtown Sao Paulo

 
 

Brazilian People at the Amuesment Park

Brazilian People #2

 

Brazilian People on a Boat

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Brazilian People - Sao Paulo                          

 
 

Brazilian culture and people are multiform. The richness of the culture and its variety comes from the people, one of the most ethnically diverse in the world. The south experienced a massive immigration of Germans and Italians, and also Russian, Polish and Ukrainian immigration to a lesser degree.

Sao Paulo is a melting pot. There is no better definition for it. There is a large Japanese community in the state in addition to a little of everything else also: Italians, Arabs, Spanish, Portuguese and Jews to name just a few. Walking on the streets of Sao Paulo is an amazing exercise in guessing people’s ethnic heritage.

It has the same immigration background as New York, for instance. The difference is, in Sao Paulo, interracial marriages have been common almost since its foundation. This level of mixing produced what we like to call a unique kind of people: Brazilians. Brazilian People at the Beach

Rio de Janeiro and Bahia - to a higher degree - have a large black population. The native Indians were pushed to the Central region, towards the Amazon rainforest.

The Birth of a Race: Brazilian People

One version of the history of Brazil’s ethnicity explains that when the Portuguese first started colonizing the country, there weren’t many European women in the colony. However, there were plenty of women amongst Indians and black slaves. It seems that the Portuguese were less restricted than the British, Dutch and Spanish colonists and took the Indians and slaves as wives or concubines.

Somehow, this affected the face of the country forever and influenced the future generations of immigrants. Hence, nowadays Brazil is home to several black oriental people, to black people with green eyes and even to oriental people with green eyes. Talk about exotic.

The mixing of the white European and black African created one of the most celebrated Brazilian physical features: the “mulata”. Queen of carnival, the Brazilian mulata are acclaimed in hundreds of songs. Without the mulata, Brazilian Carnival would not be the same.

The Diversity of Brazilian Culture

This highly mixed people created a rich diverse culture. From the Capoeira, a kind of martial art created by the African slaves and very popular in northeast Brazil, to the Brazilian version of the German Oktoberfest in Blumenau, in the state of Santa Catarina. The variety is in the architecture, music, cuisine and even dress codes.

Brazilian People at the Soccer Stadium

More important than anything, the diversity produced a people that are friendly, creative, and always ready to smile, despite the hard times that most of the population endures. Brazilians can dance, laugh and play no matter what. And just like Christ the Redeemer at the top Corcovado, in Rio, Brazilians will receive you with open arms.

Note: Although there is a high level of social injustice in Brazil, it has more to do with classes than with races. There was never the kind of segregation experienced by the black population in the United States. There were never segregated schools, bathrooms, restaurants or assigned places on the buses.

Another curiosity is that, an application form of any kind in the United States, aiming to trace back a person’s ethnicity, is puzzling to Brazilians. Coming from a country with such diversity, it is very difficult to fit in any of the available “boxes”.

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