DMC & Incoming Tour Operator to Brazil and all of South America BIT 25 Years

Culture

Football unites everyone as they wait for Brazil to win the World Cup yet again. Rio and São Paulo maintain an eternal rivalry.

It is hard to define Brazilian culture as the influences are many and varied. There is scarcely a culture in the world which has not, in some small way, influenced the Brazilians. The original culture of Brazil, that of the Indians, is strongly evident in the use of foods and drinks. Manioc, potatoes, "mate" and guarana have all become staples of the Brazilian diet. Other Indian objects regularly in use include hammocks, dugout canoes and many woven items. The vast numbers of slaves shipped over from Africa, also left their mark. African cultural influence is most strongly seen in the Northeast, where food, music and religion all come from those originally brought over in the slave ships.

The various immigrant groups from Europe and Asia have all imposed certain aspects of their traditional lifestyles, creating greater diversity within the overall Brazilian cultural picture. As a result of this cultural mix, Brazil's people are not only well-known for their warmth, spontaneity and friendliness, but are also seen to have countless regional differences, accents and good-natured rivalries. Old cultures mix with the new ones and everyone is firmly convinced that their way of life is best! "Cariocas" (those from Rio de Janeiro) and "Paulistas" (from Sao Paulo) are probably the strongest rivals, the former being, in the eyes of the "Paulistas", beach-loving, irresponsible hedonists. In response Cariocas claim that their 'unfortunate' neighbours care only about money and collectively suffer from workaholism and neurosis. Northeasterners are supposedly slow and simple, while those from Minas Gerais are religious and mean. All Brazilians unite to tell jokes against the Portuguese. Other signs of unity include a passion for football, the country literally stops for Brazil's World Cup appearances, a love of music and a great degree of sociability.