The African Lifestyle Essay

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Many cultures in the world are very unique and distinctive in thier own ways. From india and their temples, to China and it's history of kingdoms, many cultures still embrace their history. African culture, like many others, also has its history and traditions which play an important role and helps guideline its cultural values and folklore. Its variations of religions, intriguing styles of music, formations of dances, food, and it's definite language, all make up the influence of this culture around the world. As you read on, you will discover many different possesions the African culture has to offer.
ReligionBrazilian religious beliefs are very diversified and amalgamated. Brazilians are well known for not being strongly bound to any religious affiliations, but since the days of colonialism there were few religion that made their mark and became a staple for the rich cultural and religious traditions that many generations to come would partake and uphold with a strong will and conviction. During colonial times, there was no freedom of religion. All Portuguese settlers and Brazilians were forced into Catholicism and were bound by the doctrines of the faith. Not only were they bound to the Catholic Church, but they were forced to pay taxes to the institution of the church. After Brazil became an independent Republic, one of the first constitution written in 1824, introduced the right to religious freedom, but Catholicism was seen and upheld to be the official religion of the newly constituted republic. The imperial government went as far as to pay the priests their monthly salaries, who in-turn influenced the appointments of future bishops. The political administrative division of the municipalities accompanied the hierarchical division of the bishops in the, "freguesias". With regards to the construction of temples and cemeteries, if it was not affiliated with the catholic church, there would be many obstacles and red-tape towards the fruition of any said structures. With the enactment of the 1891 constitution it was only then that all religions were made equal, according to the codes of law, and estate separated from religion. Up until the 1970's the catholic church still played a dominant role in the imperial government and its peoples. Nevertheless, the Afro-Brazilian religions that have been part of the Brazilian traditions since slavery, continued to play the significant role it has to the Afro-Brazilians in many communities throughout Brazil. These particular religions which are ambivalently called cults, are now looked at as a staple of rich cultural divide after the many years of suppression and the failure by the imperial government to extinguish such religious traditions. Afro-Brazilian religions are syncretic in nature and have a large following many of whom are Afro-Brazilian and non Afro-Brazilian members. The most popular Afro-Brazilian religion to date is called, "Candomblé". This particular religion is mostly...

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