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Brazil's Unforked Tongue

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John Geipel chronicles the tenacity of the tongue in Brazil's Indian heritage

Not for nothing is Brazil known as the greatest melting pot of South America. Five centuries of intimate miscegenation between peoples of European, African and Native American origin have resulted in what has come to be recognised as a distinctively Brazilian culture, a synthesis of the folk traditions of three continents, a dense and by now inextricable weave of influences originating in the Old World and the New.


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