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Traditional Musical Instrument: The Finnish Kantele

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Traditional Musical Instrument: The Finnish Kantele

The kantele, a plucked string instrument belonging to the zither family, is the Finnish version of the psaltery played by peoples living in the eastern Baltic countries. Kanteles are grouped into two categories: the small kantele and the concert kantele. Small kanteles have 15 or fewer strings with a range of around two octaves and generally have a shape similar to that of traditional instruments.
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2021-03-17   843 Преглед
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2021-03-17

Latin American Dance

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Latin American Dance

Latin America is a place with many culturally enriched dances. Stemming from Mexico, South America, Central America and the Caribbean, Latin American dances infuse cultural flavour with technical skill to bring exciting performances to audiences worldwide. Modern Latin American dance consists of a wide variety of styles that were formed in separate cities and countries. Some of the dances have been standardised with internationally agreed techniques, rhythms and tempos. The dances generally fall into two categories - the International and American Style. The International Latin Style dances are often performed competitively due to its highly disciplined and technical traits. The dance styles in this category include the Cha Cha, Rumba, Samba, Paso Doble and Jive. The Cha Cha, originally known as Cha Cha Cha, is one of the staples of international Latin dance competitions. The dance is characterized by three quick steps forward and two slower steps backwards - “one, two, cha-cha-cha, three, four, cha-cha-cha.” While maintaining minimal upper-torso movement, dancers sway their hips and straighten their knees on half beats. The slowest of the Latin dances is the Rumba. Considered to be the most romantic of the Latin dances, the Rumba emphasizes movement of the body rather than the feet and is full of emotion and interaction between partners. Each dancer tries to entice the other with side-to-side hip movements and twisted steps. Danced to a basic pattern of two quick side steps and a slow forward step, the Rumba is adaptable to many musical forms that accommodate a quick-quick-slow rhythm. In Brazil, Samba is a popular Latin dance at street festivals and celebrations like the Brazilian Carnival. Set to music with African rhythms, this joyful and lively dance is characterized by rapidly moving hips and quick transfers of weight. Although it is usually performed solo in the Brazilian culture, ballroom versions have been developed where partners dance with bounce and hip rolling motions. The fastest of the Latin dances is the Jive. This happy and extremely energetic dance incorporates plenty of knee-lifting, bending, kicking, flicking and rocking of the hips. Latin American dances are taught in academies all around the world. Through dancing, people of different ages and backgrounds can stay physically fit while building new friendships. Consistent dance practice brings numerous health and social benefits.
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2021-01-08   874 Преглед
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2021-01-08

Onsens - The Hotsprings of Japan

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Onsens - The Hotsprings of Japan

Japan, the “Land of the Rising Sun,” is an island country in East Asia. Although it is a nation with rapid modern development, it has never lost touch with its traditional culture and heritage. The island is blessed with more than 3,000 mineral-rich onsens, fed directly from the 25,000 thermal springs bubbling beneath its unique geothermal archipelago. Furthermore, the ongoing volcanic activities
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2021-02-03   1014 Преглед
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2021-02-03

Afghanistan: Ancient Culture and Beautiful Heritage, Part 2 of 3

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Afghanistan: Ancient Culture and Beautiful Heritage, Part 2 of 3

The first traces of human life in Afghanistan were found around 52,000 years ago. The earliest Afghan metal handicrafts can be traced back to the Bronze Age (3,300 to 1,200 BC). Also, over 20,600 gold items, such as coins, necklaces and other jewelry were found in burial mounds in Sheberghan, Jowzjan Province. Another significant form of art in Afghanistan is Gandharan art, a Buddhist art s
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2021-10-20   236 Преглед
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2021-10-20

Croatia: A Crossroads of Precious Cultures, Part 1 of 3

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Croatia: A Crossroads of Precious Cultures, Part 1 of 3

The Republic of Croatia is a beautiful European country located at the crossroads connecting Central Europe and the Mediterranean Sea. The nation borders Slovenia, Hungary, and several other countries. Croatia features beautiful islands, silver beaches, and blue sea off of its coast. Its mainland has a number of mountain ranges, with Dinara Mountain being the highest peak. Due to its geographic lo
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2021-05-26   979 Преглед
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2021-05-26

The Indigenous People of Venezuela – Guardians of the Land, Part 1 of 2

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The Indigenous People of Venezuela – Guardians of the Land, Part 1 of 2

Venezuela is an immigrant based country, consisting of four main ethnic groups: Around 52% of its population are from the Mestizo, a group with a mix of European, Amerindian, and African ancestries; 42 % are of a European descent; 4% are of an African descent; and 2% population are native Venezuelans. The earliest settlers of ancient Venezuela are generally believed to be Siberians who crossed the
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2021-07-28   447 Преглед
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2021-07-28

Kashmir: A Paradise on Earth

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Kashmir: A Paradise on Earth

The fourth Mughal Emperor, His Majesty Jahangir, had said this about Kashmir, “If there’s a paradise on Earth, it is this, it is this, it is this.” Kashmir is widely known for its natural beauty and rich culture. Inhabitants of diverse religious backgrounds including Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism, and Christianity coexist amicably and form their own distinct and harmonious community. This mel
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2021-03-24   709 Преглед
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2021-03-24

The Spiritual Lumad Societies of Mindanao

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The Spiritual Lumad Societies of Mindanao

The Lumad people encompass a collection of indigenous people from the Mindanao region. This area is the second-largest island in the Philippines and also includes smaller islands surrounding the main landmass. The Lumad people or Lumadnon, consist of approximately 18 major groups. The island of Mindanao contains a significant portion of forested and protected areas, many of which are ancestral lan
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2021-03-10   626 Преглед
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2021-03-10

Holy Songs - Bahá'í Prayers

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Holy Songs - Bahá'í Prayers

The Baháʼí faith is one of the fastest growing religions in the world. Founded in the 19th century by His Holiness Baháʼu'lláh in Persia, it is now estimated to have over five million believers all over the world. Bahá means “glory” or “splendor.” There are three central teachings of the Bahá’i Faith, which are the unity of God, the unity of religion, and unity of humankind. Prayers are important
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2021-01-27   653 Преглед
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2021-01-27

Afghanistan: Ancient Culture and Beautiful Heritage, Part 1 of 3

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Afghanistan: Ancient Culture and Beautiful Heritage, Part 1 of 3

Afghanistan is a landlocked country located at the crossroads of Central and South Asia. Afghanistan borders Pakistan to the east and south, China to the northeast, Iran to the west, and Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan to the north. Because of its strategically important location connecting the Middle East, India, and the Eurasian Steppe, Afghanistan served as a central gateway on the anc
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2021-10-13   244 Преглед
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2021-10-13

Brunei: The Abode of Peace

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Brunei: The Abode of Peace

Brunei is located on the northwestern side of the tropical island of Borneo. The island is also home to parts of Malaysia and Indonesia. The national flag features an image of two hands, representing the benevolent hands of the government and its promise to provide welfare, peace, and prosperity to the people, as well as the national motto (in Arabic): “Render service unto God’s Guidance.”
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2021-07-14   394 Преглед
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2021-07-14

Ghana – The Blessed Land with a Vibrant Culture, Part 3 of 3

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Ghana – The Blessed Land with a Vibrant Culture, Part 3 of 3

In this final episode, we will examine Ghana’s music, dance, and poetry. The traditional chiefs of the Akan people in southern Ghana have a special dance-drumming performance called “kete.” This ensemble is managed by the customary leaders and typically played at the funeral rites for Akan chiefs and in the inauguration of a new chief. Adowa dance is the most frequently performed social dance in t
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2021-06-30   696 Преглед
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2021-06-30

The Brokpa People - Vegans for Thousands of Years

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The Brokpa People - Vegans for Thousands of Years

The Brokpa are a unique indigenous community mostly living in the Ladakh area of India. They are also known as the Brogpa or Drogpa. They refer to themselves as Minaro, which means “Aryan.” The term Aryan in the ancient Indian language of Sanskrit translates as “distinguished” or “noble” and historically refers to a light-skinned people who spoke an Indo-European language. They entered ancient Ind
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2021-07-21   420 Преглед
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2021-07-21

Ghana – The Blessed Land with a Vibrant Culture, Part 1 of 3

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Ghana – The Blessed Land with a Vibrant Culture, Part 1 of 3

Ghana is located along the Guinea Gulf and Atlantic Ocean in West Africa. Spanning over 560 kilometers of tropical coastline, Ghana is a place of natural beauty and colorful cultures. The country’s cultural mosaic encompasses over 70 different tribes and six major ethnic groups. Although English is the most common language, Ghanaians also widely speak in native tongues, such as Twi and Ga. There a
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2021-06-16   1079 Преглед
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2021-06-16

The Indigenous People of Venezuela – Guardians of the Land, Part 2 of 2

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The Indigenous People of Venezuela – Guardians of the Land, Part 2 of 2

Today we will continue to explore more aboriginal groups in this great country. The Orinoco River is the longest river in South America. The river created the Orinoco basin, a fascinating place with landscapes untouched by colonization. The people of the Basin still keep their indigenous housing styles and use canoes to travel. The Warao tribe is the guardian of the Orinoco River. The word
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2021-08-04   330 Преглед
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2021-08-04

Danish Cultural Art, Part 2 of 2

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Danish Cultural Art, Part 2 of 2

Today, we’ll examine Denmark’s unique architecture, handicrafts, visual arts, and literature. Kronborg Castle has been standing above a narrow cape between the coasts of Denmark and Sweden for six centuries. It is well known as the home of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The Castle, widely recognized as one of Europe’s most outstanding Renaissance castles, was adopted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000
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2021-03-03   662 Преглед
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2021-03-03

The Arctic’s Resilient Inuit People

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The Arctic’s Resilient Inuit People

The Inuit are a remarkable indigenous community who are considered the world’s northernmost culture. Living above the tree line in the Arctic, this nomadic group needed to develop special skills to survive. One of the most famous and iconic structures made by the Inuit is the igloo, which they developed as a temporary shelter for the long, harsh winters. An igloo is typically made of very h
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2021-01-20   957 Преглед
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2021-01-20

Croatia: A Crossroads of Precious Cultures, Part 2 of 3

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Croatia: A Crossroads of Precious Cultures, Part 2 of 3

Croatia is home to approximately 444 protected areas, including eight national parks, two strict nature reserves, and 11 nature parks, totaling an estimated 9% of the country’s land. Among these is the Plitvice Lakes National Park, which is unique for its exceptional beauty and attracts many nature lovers every year. When speaking of Croatia’s natural wonders, another location must be mentioned: t
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2021-06-02   465 Преглед
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2021-06-02

Croatia: A Crossroads of Precious Cultures, Part 3 of 3

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Croatia: A Crossroads of Precious Cultures, Part 3 of 3

Today, we’ll continue to explore the country’s customs in regard to festivities, sports, crafts, agricultural products, and famous residents. Each spring on Whitsunday, the Procession of Queens is performed by young girls from the village of Gorjani in the Slavonia region of northeastern Croatia. Whitsunday is the 7th Sunday after Easter and it commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon Chri
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2021-06-09   434 Преглед
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2021-06-09

Traditional Musical Instrument: The Hungarian Cimbalom

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Traditional Musical Instrument: The Hungarian Cimbalom

The cimbalom, an elaborate stringed instrument found mainly in the Central and Eastern European nations, belongs to the dulcimer family and is played by striking metal strings mounted over a trapezoidal soundboard. Associated with the music of the Hungarian Gypsies, the cimbalom is a symbol of Hungary as well as its national instrument. Cimbaloms come in varying sizes, tone groupings, and string a
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2021-01-06   1099 Преглед
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2021-01-06
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