The Brazilian Cycle

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The Brazilian Cycle
The act of slavery has been embedded into the foundation of Brazil for centuries. However, it is this past which contributes to the present, and provides the identity of the common Brazilian. Even in its destructive manner, the origin and cultures of the slaves, which built Brazil, are now the forces which unite a nation.
The cycle of slavery in Brazil is exemplified by several events. For example, the Tupi-Guarani people. Before the influx of the Portuguese in 1500, this clan, composed of two different tribes, dominated the eastern shore. However, even with multiple similarities,” [t]he Tupi were further subdivided into numerous village-based group,” and “engag[ed] in constant warfare with one another” (Lungfur 16).
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As any fierce band of warriors would do, the Tupi approached the white men without hesitation and “exchanged several hats for a feathered headdress and a string of white pearls” – marking the moment of what would be the loss of their culture and civilization (Langfur 1).
For decades, the relationship between the Portuguese and native was cooperative. The Tupi showed eagerness to understand these foreigners and even negotiated to the best of their abilities to exchange items for goods. Nonetheless, this did not deter the pioneers from seeking to fulfill their own needs – economically and consciously. As the lands proved to be fertile in agriculture and minerals, the natives were seen as a valuable resource in order to cultivate the land. Yet, as observed with other civilization, dominating a nation of Tupi would prove to be costly.
Attempts to redirects natives towards European ideologies began immediately. Upon arrival, the clerics performed a sermon on each Sunday through the duration of the stay (Langfur 1). The Tupi memorized by the ritualistic actions of the clerks, “helped carry the cross, kissed it, and knelt before it in the manner of the sailors” (Langfur 2). Meanwhile, the pilgrims infiltrated the Tupi society via cunhadismo. This is the term applied by the Portuguese to the societal structure of Tupi, which dictates the integration between Tupi families. More specifically, this system places an emphasis between brother-in-laws, which

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