Welcome to Brasil, host of the World Cup 2014
This post is dedicated to Brazil, for me Brasil is a country full of surprises, and warm people, I never felt so much at home, like when I was in Brazil in 2006; the Brazilian culture is so rich and diverse that make this country special.
But let’s discuss the history and what makes this Country and this culture so special. Brazil was a Portuguese colony, and the Portuguese conquerors arrive in Brazil in 1500, starting in the 16th century, when the colonist tries to slave the native Indians, they soon realize they were being unable to enslave Natives, and Portuguese land owners soon turned to importing millions of slaves from Africa. In the 19th centuries, Brazil was the destination of many immigrants from Italy, Germany and Spain.
Brazil has one of the largest Catholic population of the world; however, the African slaves leave a big influence in Brazilian religion. Candoble is best known and most traditional of Brazil’s African-derived religions, practicing primary in Salvador, traces its origin to the Yoruba and Dahomey religions of West Africa, and is until today a vibrant symbol of Afro-Brazilian cultural identity.
Another good example in this multicultural country is their food, an of course reflect the mix of culture that make this country unique, consequent of the influence from Europeans, African and Asian immigrants. Brazil has different region’s dishes, influence also by the zone. For example, in Bahia is heavily influenced by a mix of African, Indigenous and Portuguese. In northern states, which are close to the Amazon, Brazilian eats more fish and cassava. The feijoada is very popular, and reflect the European influence with the mix of black beans with pork and sausages.
The national sport is a Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance and music, and is sometimes referred to as a game. It was developed by the African slaves to defend themselves from the conquerors. Today Capoeira is not only practice in Brazil, but also has spread worldwide, having Capoeira schools in America, Europe, Asia and Africa.