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BITS OF CULTURE - Brazil
 
Languages
Geography
Cultural Values
Main Religion & Death Concepts/Rituals
Health Care Values
Diet
Interesting Facts
 

Languages

Portuguese,
Spanish,
English,
French,
Tupi,
Arawak,
Carib,

Ge,
Guarani,
Panoan
(also German, Japanese, Korean, other immigrant languages)
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Geography


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Cultural Values
  • Strong family network
  • Family is the center of social activities and resource for social and economic assistance

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Main Religion & Death Concepts/Rituals
  • Roman catholic

Death Concepts/Rituals

  • Burial takes place within 24 hours of death
  • Bodies are not embalmed
  • Family and friends keep vigil by open casket until time of burial

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Health Care Values
  • Health is considered to be the absence of pain, suffering or disease
  • Weight gain is considered a sign of health
  • Seek medical professionals primarily to treat existing conditions rather than for prevention

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Diet
  • Traditionally, 3 meals a day, breakfast being the smallest meal
  • Main meal eaten at noon, and a lighter meal in the evening
  • Sandwiches are considered a “snack” and don’t qualify as a “meal”
  • Brazil's national dish is feijoada. It is made with black beans, dried beef, and pork.

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Interesting Facts
  • The largest stadium in the world can be found in Rio de Janeiro. It is called Maracaña. Two hundred thousand people can attend a soccer game in this stadium.
  • The Amazon River got its name from the Spanish explorers in the 1500s. They were attacked by women warriors and they remembered a Greek legend about women warriors called Amazons.
  • The Amazon River flows through the northern part of Brazil and empties into the Atlantic Ocean. The river is 4050 miles long.

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