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By Martin Kocandrle, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO - The streets are packed with revelers as everyone gets caught up in one of Rio de Janeiro's most anticipated events, Carnival. For the notorious reputation it has as one of the world’s largest parties, it is surprising that the origins of this celebration are rooted in both European and African religion.

As a part of the Portuguese colonialism, they brought many religious and cultural values from Europe. Catholicism was the dominant religion of South American settlers, and the source of Carnival’s origin as a festive time before the forty . . .

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