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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

Top 10 most unusual ways of greeting

Travellers wishing to explore the traditional methods of greeting different nationalities and tribes, must be ready for anything. Not to be trapped, we bring you 10 most unusual ways of greeting.

New Zealand

Any tourist who arrived in New Zealand, faced with the traditional greeting of the indigenous Maori people called “hongs”. According to the ancient tradition, when two people they need to touch or RUB each other noses. This symbolic act is called “ha” or “breath of life” and, according to the beliefs, it comes directly from God.

The Council . In case of lack of experience, do not close eyes to monitor your distance, otherwise you will find yourself in an awkward situation.

In any other point of the globe protruding tongue can be seen as a sign of disrespect and insults, but not in Tibet. Custom show languages appeared in the 9th century during the reign of the evil king lang Darma, who had a black tongue. After his death, the villagers feared that he may move into another person’s body, so everyone started to greet each other with his tongue, a sign that they are not evil. This tradition has been preserved and is often accompanied by crossing hands on his chest.

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Holidays

New Year — a holiday that brings joy to any home in any CT the wound of the world. In calendar rituals of the Japanese, like all peoples of East Asia, this festival belonged and belongs first place. It is not only important from the winter holidays, but the most important feast in General, more relevant to people’s lives than perhaps all the other holidays combined. No accident in modern Japan for the period of new year holidays, which is called o-segatsu (first month of the year), accounts for the largest part of the holidays. Generally New year is celebrated from December 29 to January 3 and almost all state and commercial institutions are closed.

New Year — a holiday special. Holiday, when you remember all the good and try to forget all the bad things left from the past year. In late December, the Japanese are preparing for the New year: restoring order in their homes, buy presents for friends and family, sign greeting cards (nengajo), cook timed to the holiday Christmas dishes put in front of the gate or at the entrance of the house decorations from pine kadomatsu, which symbolically guard the house from all harm. Many Japanese in the Christmas holidays going to their homes, visit local temples to pray and ask yourself and your family prosperity in the coming year (Azumaya). Continue reading

Japanese culture
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Architecture of North Korea
Typical traditional Korean architecture were two main styles: a Palace-temple which has been formed under the strong influence of Chinese canons, and folk — the building of houses for ordinary…

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Shintoism - the national religion of Japan
The national religion of Japan is Shintoism . The term "Shinto" means " the path of the gods. Or the son of kami are gods, spirits which inhabit the surrounding…

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