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Japanese Tradition

 

Despite technological advances and developed economic system, traditions and customs of the Japanese people remain unchanged. For centuries people perform ancient rituals and follow rules of etiquette, adhering to and honouring the way of life of their ancestors. So when you visit this country need to be especially careful in their behavior, and although you will not be reproached for ignorance and the failure of certain rituals, their attitude towards you will depend on your knowing and following the rules of Japanese etiquette.

In fairness it should be noted that most of the Japanese rules of etiquette are quite logical, and quite simply act like humans. The Japanese are indulgent and attentive to foreigners, and they will help you find your way to the desired place even without knowing the language, the streets there are a lot of signs and signs duplicated in English, maps and guides distributed free of charge at the station left on the street things will definitely wait for the owner, and at night to you no one will stick in a dark alley.

In connection with this attitude it will be easy to make and pleasant to them, paying tribute to some of the traditions of the Japanese people.

Japanese bow

There are specific guidelines about how to bow when meeting a Japanese. Their essence is simple – the higher Continue reading

The Most unusual burial rituals

When a close person dies, it always becomes a huge grief. Typically, relatives and friends for a long time are in a depressed and stressful situation. No cost and without specific funeral rituals, as well as the ensuing burial or cremation of the body of the deceased – at least so accepted among Europeans. But some cultures have very different funeral rites for us very strange. Sometimes it’s dancing with a dead man, or corpse cannibalism. But, everything in order.

No. 1. Strippers at funerals. We are talking about the funeral in a province of China – Donghai, where the value of the deceased is measured by how many come to spend his final journey. This understanding of the process entailed the custom to invite to the funeral strippers who will undoubtedly become the object of attention of onlookers. A lot of people joined the funeral procession only to gawk at half-naked girls – principal amount!

No. 2. Dance with the dead – a custom that exists in Madagascar. This, of course strippers are not near the grave, but a rather strange tradition. According to the legend the spirit of the deceased is returned to his body immediately after the decomposition of the corpse, Continue reading

The History of Korean martial arts

P o comparison with China or Japan in Korea to have survived much less reliable historical information. From classical treatises have survived, only one was created quite late, in 1789, “the MUI the you. konji” (“Drawing the Outlook of martial arts”). Multifaceted negatively influenced by tradition and political culture and ideology of the country. And the Japanese occupation of 1910-1945 years, during which the colonialists pursued a policy of forced assimilation and suppressed all manifestations of the true Korean culture, actually almost stopped a number of traditional Korean martial arts.

Greatly complicates the identification of the true picture and strenuously maintained on both sides of the 38th parallel, the company propaganda, in which many official historians of martial arts hard to prove that martial arts in Korea are not inferior in ancient times, Chinese unique tradition. However, not all of the facts on which they rely, can be considered as a definite confirmation of such a concept.

“Stand typical of Korean martial arts” if you wish, of course, can be found in threatening postures and gestures of the figures the guardian spirit, guarding the gate of Buddhist temples, such representations are found not only in Korea but also in other countries of the region. On ancient Continue reading

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