Brazil is a country with history millennia before some history books claim it was discovered. With peoples still uncontacted throughout the large country, Brazil is home to the most uncontacted people in the world. But besides their massive and deeply-rooted Indigenous culture, the Brazilian people are known for their vibrancy worldwide. From the beautiful displays of dancing, colors, tributes to their religions, and their historical martial arts to the natural and raw beauty of the country itself, Brazil is an astounding place. If baby’s family roots extend all the way to this stunning South American country, then a Brazilian baby girl or boy name will give them their Brazilian pride from day one.
What are the names of the Indigenous cultures of Brazil?
Though plenty of sources claim Brazil was “discovered” in 1500, but, of course, there were Indigenous people already well-established there. What’s gobsmacking is that their estimated timeline begins around 11,000 years ago! Some of the 305 Native tribes are Caetés, Potiguara, Tabajara, Tamoios, Temiminó, Tupinambá, and Tupiniquim, but these specific tribes are part of a larger community known as the Tupí. The Mebengokre, or the Kayapó, are also Natives of Brazil and inhabit the plain islands of the Mato Grosso and Pará in Brazil, but are also spread to other parts of South America. But there are way more groups than that; the Dessana, Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau, Maxakali, Yawanawa, Kuikuro, Pataxó, Araweté, Gavião, Kaingang, Tuyuka, Parakanã, Xikrin, Ashaninka, Umutina, and Kalapalo are all well-established in Brazil, descended from the tribes from past millennia.
What languages are spoken in Brazil?
By the general population, the five most common languages of Brazil are Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, English, and German. But among the 900,000 people with ancestry tracing back thousands of years, there are about 217 languages! And some parts of Brazil place a great deal of emphasis on the skills of speaking and listening, like the Xikrin group. They prize “the gift of oratory,” highlighting the privilege of passionate discourse.
What are some of the traditions in Brazilian culture?
Among Brazil’s most popular traditions are capoeira, Carnaval, Catholic traditions, and festivals o’plenty! Capoeira is a brilliant Afro-Brazilian martial art that has rebellion bursting from the seams; it was disguised as dance by enslaved Indigenous people and Africans, and even performed to music. Carnaval is a tradition marked by vibrant costumes, energetic samba music, lush foods, and lively parades! And the other festivals include—but are not limited to—Oktoberfest, Semana Santa, Bonfirm Stairs Washing, Parintins Folklore Festival, and Festival de Cachaça.