Braziliana

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The creatures that keep Brazilians awake at night

Halloween is pretty much an Anglo-Saxon tradition, so we Brazilians only got to experience it vicariously by way of Hollywood.…
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This 1972 epic told the story of Brazil’s independence – with dubious accuracy

On Sept. 7, 1822, Dom Pedro de Alcântara, the troubled ruler of Brazil, received a letter from his father, Portuguese…
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How a rural tradition became a unique Holy Week celebration in northeast Brazil

Farmers in the southern region of Ceará state used to celebrate the end of harvest by placing a scarecrow on…
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12 photos of an exhibit celebrating Brazil’s intangible cultural heritage

An exhibit making the rounds of Brazil’s state capitals since last year showcases the country’s intangible cultural heritage. Brazil has…
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Mangueira samba school crowned Rio’s Carnival champion

Estação Primeira de Mangueira, best known simply as Mangueira, was named the winner of Rio de Janeiro's 2016 elite ("Grupo…
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São Paulo samba schools: The final night (21 photos)

Seven samba schools paraded on the São Paulo Sambadrome on the final night of the 2016 competition between the city's…
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Rio de Janeiro’s 10 wildest Carnival groups

Rio de Janeiro's carnival scene has seen a boom of theme blocos — groups paying homage to particular artists and…
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São Paulo samba schools in 2016: The first night (21 photos)

They’re not nearly as lavish or well-known as their Rio de Janeiro counterparts, but São Paulo’s samba schools have a…
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Rio honors Iemanjá, Afro-Brazilian deity of the ocean

Rio de Janeiro took a break from Carnival preparations on Tuesday to honor Iemanjá, revered in Afro-Brazilian religions as the…

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