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José Carlos Ribeiro: An Introduction to Spiritist Therapy in Brazil

An excerpt from the book Spirits with Scalpels: The Cultural Biology of Religious Healing in Brazil by University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee anthropologist Sidney M. Greenfield

The Brazilian Landless Workers Movement (MST)

A little background on the history of the Brazilian Landless Workers Movement (MST)

Daspu: Streetwalker Fashion from Rio de Janeiro

The clothes can hold their own with any of Brazil’s top fashion labels. But the sayings on the t-shirts and other items give them away: “Lost Women are the Most Wanted,” “Before the Show, Tune Your Instrument” and “We’re Bad, but We Could be Worse.”

Jews in Brazil: The Man Who Couldn’t be Buried and Other Stories

The man who couldn’t be buried. That may sound like the title of a Hollywood horror film, but this tale is true... Anecdotes like that one pepper “Os Judeus no Brasil: Inquisição, Imigração e Identidade,” (Jews in Brazil: Inquisition, Immigration and Identity), a book recently released in Portuguese by the Brazilian publisher Civilização Brasileira. With contributions by over a dozen leading scholars, the volume represents one of the first efforts to provide a comprehensive overview of Jewish history in South America’s largest country.

Brazilian Language: a Sea of Metaphors

Portugal, like England, was a great seafaring nation - a small strip of land on the Atlantic taking for its own the seven seas. It bequeathed a language full of maritime expressions to its most important colony, Brazil, and the Brazilian popular vernacular still smacks of the sea.

Brazilian Air Safety: It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane (and that’s the problem)

In peace-loving Brazil, the environment outranks terrorism as a security threat at the country’s airports. Open air dumps nourish expanding populations of vultures, and many of these birds venture into flight patterns. The number of reported collisions between airplanes and birds in Brazil has more than doubled in a decade.

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The Brazilian Photographs of Genevieve Naylor, 1940-1942

Photojournalist Naylor produced a stunning collection of images that document a rarely seen period in Brazilian history.

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