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Steamed buns of Asia

Mantou, soft steamed buns, originated in Northern China. Through trade and conquest, this recipe reached all of Asia, with each country enjoying it in its own way.

Varanasi – a spiritual and a sensory overload

Varanasi, also known as Banaras, Benares, or Kashi, is located on the banks of the river Ganges in the state of Uttar Pradesh in India. It is one of the oldest and continuously inhabited cities in the world, with evidence of settlements dating back to 1800 BCE. This city holds high regard for Hindus, Jains,…

A brief history of the Hippies from the 60s

Hippies are often depicted as lazy bums who oppose any form of authority in pop culture. Marijuana leaf, bandanas, Hawaii shirts, peace symbol, various psychedelic substances and granny glasses have all become irreplaceable icons of the Hippie culture. But this “happy-go-lucky” depiction can often shroud and misdirect people from the fact that the Hippie movement sprung…

Traditional Japanese theater styles- Noh, Kyogen, Bunraku, Kabuki and Rakugo.

Theatres are fantastic ways of transmitting a message orally or through gestures, since, for most of history, education was a privilege. Starting from the Heian period (794 A.D-1195 A.D), many forms of theatrical arts emerged in Japan, as a result of their cultural exchange with the Chinese empires. In the beginning, these theatres were exclusive entertainment for the wealthy nobles and the Imperial family alone. But with the dawn of the Edo period (1603 A.D- 1867 A.D), many of these theatres reached the regular citizens of Japan.

Madhubani Paintings- An ancient wall painting art from India

India prides on an art form that turns bare mud patches into works of art. “Madhubani paintings”, is a collective term given to different styles of paintings emerging from the Madhubani region of modern-day Bihar state in India. They are characterized by complex geometrical patterns made on mud patches and plain walls. These paintings generally display special occasions, rituals, legends and festivals, etc.

Polynesian Dance: Hula of the Hawaiian Island

Whenever we think of the gorgeous beaches, mouth-watering cuisine, exotic dances, and extraordinary folk music, the images of the Hawaiian Islands immediately pop up in our heads. The Hawaiian Islands, because of their rich cultural heritage and breathtaking sceneries, has been one of the most popular tourist destinations for people from all age groups. Some…

Okrika: The Thriving Pre-Used Fashion Apparel Market of Nigeria

Miuccia Prada once said, “What you wear is how you present yourself to the world, especially today when human contacts are so quick. Fashion is instant language.” The quote quite precisely answers why people from across the globe, despite their religion, social status, skin color, or geographic location, feel the constant need to buy fashionable…

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