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Martial Art Form or Dance? —The History of Capoeira

Developed by African slaves in Brazil in the 16th century, capoeira is a martial art that brings together elements of dance, music, and acrobatics. Slaves were prohibited from practicing martial arts…
A brightly color mandala shape is on the ground created with pink, yellow, and green powders

Eight Hindu Festivals and Celebrations

One of the largest religions in the world, Hinduism is associated with many gods and goddesses who personify different aspects of Brahma—which Hindus believe is the one supreme cosmic power. The…
A woman is wearing a multicolored traditional kimono and holding a red fan

The Kimono: From Everyday Garment to Art Form

Worn for formal celebrations such as weddings, funerals, and tea ceremonies, the kimono has a history that dates back to the 8th century and was once an everyday piece of clothing.
A man wearing a dark hat and jacket stands in a forest of trees

Waldeinsamkeit: Germany’s Forest Therapy

The German language is full of words without a direct English translation, and “waldeinsamkeit” is no exception. On the surface, “waldeinsamkeit” is a compound word with “wald” meaning “forest” and “…
A cityscape of Amman, Jordan with a blue sky and Jordanian flag above the city

Five Films to Watch if You're Moving to Jordan

Indiana Jones and Transformers are just two of several Hollywood movies filmed in Jordan. But the Middle Eastern nation has produced many notable films that can help you learn about Jordanian history…
Two teenage boys and two teenage girls are wearing casual clothes and looking at their cell phones together

How to Speak Like a Local: Polish Slang

In most languages, slang terms arise organically. Unique social and political situations lead locals to reassign new meanings to existing words. Slang in Poland is no exception.
A woman drinks boba tea with lights in the background

Taiwan’s Obsession with Bubble Tea

It’s known as bubble tea, boba tea, and pearl milk tea. And its signature chewy tapioca balls floating at the bottom of the cup have made it nothing short of an obsession in Taiwan.
Two oil wrestlers wrestle in a green field with spectators watching

Turkey's National Sport: Oil Wrestling

Turkey’s national sport, oil wrestling, was made popular by the Ottoman empire in the mid-14th century. Legend says the sport gained popularity after two famed soldiers fought in hand-to-hand combat…
A person in traditional Syrian clothing plays a string instrument

Aleppo is Syria's Tarab Music Capital

Tarab is a thousand-year-old genre of traditional Arab music that has emotional and poetic lyrics.

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