Curupira – Chapter 4

Chapter 4

junior22Jorge was a tall guy, about 6.2 and he could silence a room with just a glance, at least at school, but the glance worked here as well. He was moreno, in Brazil, it means a white person with a dark or light complexion, but with dark hair. Jorge had a dark completion. People from Bahia were usually dark, there were lots of people with African and Native American, Dutch, Portuguese and Spanish descent there, but African Americans are the majority, it was a melting pot, and the same could be said about Brazil, but this melting pot is unlike the one in the USA. Races always lived together; there were never any ghettos per se, so the differences are more related to class than race. When people live together they tend to create a combined culture, not lots of conflicting cultures in a society, even if they come from different races and ethnic group. However, Brazil does have lots of different cultures, but they are so more because of regional differences than exactly ethnic or racial ones.

amorThere have been a lot of interracial marriages in Brazil since it was settled roughly 509 years ago, so most people are not actually white, black, red or yellow when it comes to descent, they are usually in-between, and therefore race here is usually determined by what you see and not by someone’s descent.

Blond guys are usually nicknamed “Germans”, no matter where they come from since Brazil has a very large German immigrant population, mainly in the south.

Kelly de Sao Paulo

Kelly de Sao Paulo

Asians are usually nicknamed “Japanese” even when they are Chinese, Korean, and so on, because the Japanese have the biggest population outside Japan right here in brazil. Liberdade, a neighborhood in São Paulo, has so many Asians walking around you’d think you were in some Asian country, not in Brazil.

And Jews and Arabs are usually nicknamed Turks because Brazil has had good relations with Turkey for many centuries and many Jews and Arabs from the Middle East got fake Turkish documents to get into Brazil, so that’s the explanation for this quirk in Brazilian culture of calling all of them Turks. Therefore, many Turkish jokes here can be translated into Arab or Jewish ones in English.


Renata: India Pataxó

This miscegenation, or interracial marriages, started with the Portuguese because the Indians, or native Brazilians, wouldn’t wage war on relatives, so the Portuguese, who showed a lot of cunning in this aspect, started marrying Indians to keep the peace. Then I guess the Portuguese were the first to follow the maxim, “Make love, not war”.

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