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The Culture of the peoples of Central Asia

Ancient Samarkand was a major trading center of the silk Road. Merchants passed these places transporting silk from the East to the West. The Silk Road was located several hundred cities. But in the middle of the XIV Century Samarkand became the stand out among them with its magnificence and wealth. This town owes its prosperity to the great conqueror, the descendant of Genghis Khan – Amir Temur. His Empire stretched from North India and almost to the shores of the Pacific ocean and to Turkey. But during his campaigns was unichtojena more than 17 million people. Amir Temur was a despotic and cruel government Telem. But this cruel man was a patron of the arts, scholarship and craft.

The beauty of the palaces of Amir Temur’s times is not their size but their amazing finish. Simple materials the ancient builders were able to create architectural masterpieces. A characteristic feature of buildings in the Timurid era is the widespread use of izraztsov tiles that came, must be from the architecture of Iran. Buildings are literally covered by it. The tiles are very bright and saturated colors. The combination of blue, yellow and green colors creates ineffable beauty of the pattern. Tile and tile products from green glass became a symbol of the heyday of Eastern, Central Asian Continue reading

The Amazing customs of different countries

In Norway it is not customary to give place to older people in transport. It is believed that you emphasize their physical superiority.

In the USA it is not customary to pay the restaurant for the woman. It is believed that these men emphasize their financial superiority.

In China it is customary to slurp away, but otherwise the hosts may find their food unpalatable. Silently there in China is to insult the owners and cooks. Sauces and spattered the tablecloth after a meal is proof that you ate with gusto and it was delicious.

In China it is not customary to bring flowers to the hostess. It is believed that this stress guests, this house is so ugly that they bring decorations with them.

In Finland it is not customary to make public compliments. It is considered that the public are not considered compliments.

In Norway it is not customary to do a lot of compliments in the face, to praise (except your family) is considered a flattery, a man loses a lot in society. In school it is not customary to praise a pupil in the presence of all the others, to declare the assessment is to put it above all the others. Not supposed to ask, what sick, is it a good feeling when you come to work when sick. In Russia it is considered to show sympathy and attention. Continue reading

Unusual aspects of Japanese culture

Japan is a unique country brand. This confluence of traditions, technologies and circumstances. Here the ideals of the samurai are faced with the latest computer developments. And let the Europeans will never be able to understand the culture of Japan, but not to admire or to wonder about this country we cannot do. So, how about that.

1. A hikikomori

2. Crime

Although legends of the Yakuza mafia prevalent, the crime rate in Japan is surprisingly low. Here it is illegal to have a firearm, and even ceremonial swords must be registered with the police. The land of the Rising Sun is in second place, after Monaco, on the list of countries with the minimum homicide rate in the world. And if you ever have the misfortune to appear before the court in Japan, you can be sure that you will gladly go to jail without further problems. Career and reputation of the judge severely lose points for handing out acquittals, and in a year about two or three prisoners are facing the death penalty through hanging.

3. Food

Chocolate “Kit Kat” is an extremely popular thing in Japan, as his name is very much in tune with the phrase “Kitto Katsu” (literally: you will surely win), and your purchase is this sweet good-luck to himself. Give students the “Kit Kat” to each Continue reading

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