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Culture includes the values, beliefs, norms, and material objects that form a group of people's way of life. It shapes what they do and helps them form their personalities.
Social Groups - Family
30 years ago the traditional Brazilian family included a husband, wife, and children. The families tended to be large. Women were expected to finish domestic duties, and often lacked a formal education. Today, many households have 2 working spouses. The number of single-parent households has increased. Family is valued highly, but divorce and marital separation are very common. Women are now the head of their households. Families spend a lot of time with each other and have a respect for each other. They eat lunch everyday and talk about everything from politics to football players.
Brazilian Food
Brazilian Food
Brazil's food mirrors its culture. They use methods and ingredients introduced by the Europeans, Africans, and native Indians. Two major foods of brazil are manioc flour and beans. Manioc flour comes from the cassava plant, which native Indians prepare with the same method they've used for 400 years. Also of importance is the feijoda ("fay-jhoo-AH-dah"), a weekly Saturday ritual comprising of black beans, various meats, and farofa ("fah-ROH-fah"), a fried manioc dish.

Dating and Marriage
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Brazil is predominantly a catholic country where civil and religious marriages exist. The number of religious marriages is declining. When Brazilians are married, people such as family and friends set up a new household for them. Most people are Catholic, and divorce was made legal in 1977. The middle-upper class Brazilians share living spaces with their elderly parents, and sometimes even their married children live in the retirement home. In Brazil, group dates are not common. Brazilians tend to date for longer periods of time before they marry. It is alot like the United States today.
Cultural patterns and Traditions
Soccer is a famous sport in Brazil. Heroes have inspired many generations, and some of the best soccer teams and players come from the country Brazil. Brazil is also famous for it's carnivals and celebrations. The Sambia is a type of Brazilian music listened to by the people of Brazil. It comes from the Bantu People who came to Brazil from Angola in Africa.
The main language spoken in Brazil is Brazilian Portuguese. The main reason for this is because the first settlers to arrive in Brazil were from Portugal. In the nineteenth century, a European king transferred his empire to Brazil and brought along much European influence to the language and culture. Since that exchange, Brazil's language has been mostly isolated, aside from the occasional word picked up from the indigenous Tupi-Guarani people and African slaves. An interesting fact regarding Brazilian literature... fiction in particular isn't widely known or famous because it isn't distributed very far from it's point of origin and publication.

Christ The Redeemer
Christ The Redeemer
The majority of the people in Brazil are Roman Catholic. There is proof of this in the fact that most of Brazil's major holidays are religious celebrations for the Catholic church. Another popular religion in Brazil is called Candomble. This is practice primarily by those people of African descent. It is a combination of Catholic and West African beliefs. Candomble practices balance and harmony between man and nature. This cultivates a respect for the axe ( AH-shay) of all creatures and nature. Axe is a divine energy that all men and forces of nature possess, and determines the nature of personality. Spirits, orixas (oh-REE-shahs), are said to hold certain characteristics of their supreme God, Olodumare.
Arts and Music

There are several different styles of music in Brazil which include Samba, Lundu, and Choro. The most popular style is the Samba. Instruments like the accordion, tambourine, and the acoustic guitar are often used in music. Natives in the rain-forest commonly used reed flutes, whistles, drums, and horns. Music is a big part of their heritage. Brazil's modern architecture is the best example of art in Brazil. There are lots of sculptures, one commonly known statue is of "Christ the Redeemer". There are also several modern buildings with unique designs.

Sports and Leisure
Sports are very popular in Brazil. There are some 8,000 sports clubs through out the country. Soccer is the most popular sport, in Brazil it is called football. The Brazilian soccer team has won the World Cup five times. Almost everyone in the country watches soccer when the team is playing. Volleyball is also popular for both men and women.

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