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Brazil is the largest country in South America, both in area and in population. The capital is Brasilia, the 5th country in the world both in terms of area (8.5 million km2) and population (192 million people).
Portugal had a significant influence on the culture of the state, it is not surprising that it was Portuguese that became the official language of Brazil. But most of us know little about Brazil, so let's dispel some of the myths about it.
Myths about Brazil
All Brazilians wear white pants. Many tourists even specially take such clothes with them in order to look "their own". Perhaps in the time of Ostap Bender such a fashion existed, and crowds of men in white pants walked along Copacabana, but today there is nothing like that. It is rare to find a man in such an attire - after all, it is rather impractical. At Copacabana, the main clothing is all kinds of shorts and swimwear. A half-dressed visitor in a store will not surprise anyone, but a man in a white suit will immediately arouse suspicion and attract unnecessary attention.
All Brazilian women are rare beauties. Many people go to Brazil for exotic and hot beauties. However, this opinion is made up of TV series and commercials. Tourists note that there are quite a few beautiful women in Rio de Janeiro. It is quite difficult to meet a lady with breathtaking forms, accentuated by a swimsuit, most of the Brazilian women are overweight and unsightly. A typical Brazilian woman is a short-legged, short mulatto, of a dense build. However, local women are not ashamed of excess weight, rejoicing in their natural constitution.
On Brazilian beaches everyone is sunbathing topless. It is actually quite difficult to find a local woman on the beach sunbathing without a swimsuit. The fact is that the locals are zealous Catholics. Their strict puritanical attitudes prevent nude swimming and reclining on the sand like this. Rules are usually not violated. The real beauty is right next to us - in Russia and Ukraine!
There are many wild monkeys in Brazil. In fact, the legendary phrase speaks of the forests of Brazil. In megacities like Rio, there are no forests at all, monkeys do not run along the streets, unlike Indian cities. In the same Rio, on Sugarloaf Mountain, dense thickets remain, where, according to guides, a small population of monkeys lives, making periodic forays on tourists. Although there are many, many wild monkeys in the forests of the country, you rarely see them in the city. In cities, there are other misfortunes - cockroaches and ants.
Brazil is full of beauties with natural chic shapes. Brazil is one of the leaders in plastic surgery. At times, surgeons do not even have time to import silicone into the country. After all, any woman wants to look the most beautiful for the carnival, besides, in the country, elastic raised buttocks are considered the standard of beauty, which leads to a large number of operations to implant silicone into this part of the body. So, when you meet a beautiful Brazilian woman with mouth-watering curves, you should know that this is most likely the fruit of the work of doctors.
Brazil has a high crime rate. The rapid growth of the country's population has led to the fact that most of the population lives in poverty and without permanent work. Rio de Janeiro is one of the three world leaders in terms of street crime. This is due to the inhabitants of the local slums - favelas. Almost half of the population of the metropolis lives in such spontaneous houses, adhered to the slopes of local mountains. Two thirds of residents do not have sewerage or running water. Houses are often built from cardboard and plywood. It is not recommended to visit the favelas alone, because it is a hotbed of drug addiction, prostitution and related delights. Even the police do not like these areas. In the evenings, slum dwellers crawl out onto beaches and into respectable areas, which forced residential buildings to be fenced off with an impressive fence, entrances to the entrances resemble fortresses. The police leave the beaches, and the city, in effect, falls into the hands of looters.
In Brazil, everyone plays football. Football can be called the second religion in the country. And the best footballer of all time - Pele is from Brazil. The largest stadium in the world - Maracanã, with a capacity of 200 thousand spectators, is adjacent to thousands of venues scattered around the city. People play on grass, soil and even sand. Even in favelas, where there is no water and light, battles are fought all day - after all, this is a chance for poor boys to shine and escape from poverty. But in Brazil they live not only for football, the locals are generally very passionate about sports. In Rio, you can see runners as early as 6 am, a lot of cyclists, roller skates are in vogue. Sports camps with horizontal bars, parallel bars and a board for swinging the press have been built on the beaches. And there are plenty of beach volleyball spots. It should be noted that the country has a booming sport in general, people do it for their own pleasure.
On the beaches, boys selflessly chase a soccer ball, which is why they have a special ankle structure. On the famous Copacabana, you can rarely see a game of football, the fact is that this game is prohibited there during the day, so that the balls do not hit the rest. Yes, and on the vacant lots, you can less and less meet players, because there is less and less free land, and the cultivation of football players has long become a profitable and highly organized occupation.
Brazilians start playing football much earlier than Europeans. And it's true, so the stars Robinho and Ronaldinho made their first debut at the age of three, and some football schools even have a special category of competitions for children from three to five years old called chupetinha. It is very noticeable that Brazilian footballers work differently with the ball than other players. The ball, or bola, is a feminine creature, created as if for love and tenderness.
Brazilian players have a different hip function, allowing them to perform special feints. There is a special gait, swaying from side to side, called "ginga". Robinho claims that all Brazilians know how to move like this from birth. These movements are at the heart of the unique Brazilian style of playing futebol-arte; the best player is the one who moves the hips more beautifully.
Although Portuguese is considered the official language in Brazil, in everyday life everyone speaks Brazilian. Contrary to this myth, it is in Portuguese that the overwhelming majority of residents speak. In science, it is customary to mention the Brazilian version of this language, but the real language is called European. The variants differ, but very slightly, there are almost no discrepancies in the grammar. You can hear from illiterate people that their language is Brazilian, but this is only from ignorance of the fact that their language is called correctly Portuguese. Travel companies often mention that in Brazil everyone understands and speaks English perfectly, but this is not true. Brazilians understand Portuguese very well and vice versa until local slang or idioms are used. Portuguese pronunciation is considered more closed than Brazilian.
Brazil is a carefree country with an eternal holiday and eternal summer. Summer really reigns in the country all year round, but it is not what Europeans imagine. For example, the south of the country is similar in climate to Western Europe, there are even cold snaps to zero degrees, while the northern part of the state, instead of the "winter-summer" opposition, alternates between the rainy and drought seasons. So do not assume that the warm sun always shines in Brazil. The life of Brazilians is also not a holiday, which is only the problem of unemployment. However, the majority of citizens are patriots of their country and optimists. They have a positive mindset, always hoping for the best. This joyous attitude of Brazilians to life makes the country the object of dreams of many. There are quite a few holidays in the country, and not only state ones. In Brazil, religious and family dates are very actively celebrated. At any celebration, you cannot do without a rich feast, because the national custom tells you to eat a lot and tasty at the festival. Well, the main thing in the series of holidays is the famous carnival, which lasts more than a week and attracts tourists from all over the world. Holidays occupy an important place in the life of Brazilians, because it is an opportunity to throw out their negative energy or share positive feelings, during holidays life's difficulties recede into the background. The traditions of celebration and scale can only be envied.
Lambada is a national Brazilian dance. Legend has it that the lambada was extremely popular in the country, but because of its indecency it was banned. And only in 1989, together with the song of the Kaoma group, the lambada conquered the whole world, sweeping away prohibitions and borders. In fact, this story was invented by French producers, who thus gave the song the necessary flavor. The group itself is French, its members are from Senegal, and the song is a cover version of the Bolivian hit "Llorando se fuО" by the group Lоs Kjarkas. The lambada dance did exist in Brazil, but only emerged in the 80s of the 20th century and was one of many dances that appear and disappear every year in Brazil. At the same time, the lambada was not at all the most outspoken dance; the dances of fricote and ti-ti were much more famous at that time. Lambada spread in Brazil with Kaom's song. Rumors of a past ban on dance were also exaggerated by Hollywood producers, who, in hot pursuit, launched two films - "Lambada" (1990) and "Forbidden Dance" (1990). However, the films failed at the box office, although they appeared in the USSR. By the way, we believed that Kaom's clip was simply an excerpt from these films.
Brazil has a great culinary tradition. The cuisine in the country is unusually diverse. This is facilitated by an extraordinary mixture of cultures and traditions of Europeans, Indians and Africans. Perhaps the main dish is beans, which in one form or another is always present on the table, and the main dish from it is feijoada. In general, the position of the region contributes to the cuisine, so, in the northeast, the most popular dishes are fish and crustaceans, from the pods of the kiabu tree, dry shrimp and peanuts, from fried fish and shellfish in batter of coconut milk. In the north, dishes made from turtle and freshwater crabs are popular, for the preparation of which cassava and tropical fruits unprecedented for the inhabitants of the middle lane are used, for example, acai and steam chestnuts. In the hinterland of the country, cooking was influenced by the traditions of the Portuguese and Indians. As a result of this was born a sap of jerky meat mixed with cassava flour. Brazil will not disappoint even the most discerning gourmet.