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Holy Songs: Uplifting Ethiopian Songs

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Holy Songs: Uplifting Ethiopian Songs

Ethiopia is one of the world’s oldest countries. In today’s show, we are delighted to share with you three Ethiopian worship songs in Amharic. The First song is called, “Holy Spirit,” performed by Zuriyash Tsega W/Tensai and Samuel T Michael. The song expresses one’s deep longing for the radiant presence of the Holy Spirit. Our next song is “Igziabeher’s Peace” composed by Mesfin Gutu, and perform
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-02-12   625 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-02-12

The Resourceful Dorze People of Ethiopia

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The Resourceful Dorze People of Ethiopia

The Dorze live in the Gamo Highlands of Southern Ethiopia and have a population of about 30,000. Living approximately 2,600 meters above sea level, this hospitable community is renowned for its creative members who are skillful cotton weavers and builders. The Dorze are famous for the architectural design and construction of their homes. The residences are 6 – 12 meters high and are made in the sh
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-06-12   232 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-06-12

The Ainu - Indigenous People of Japan

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The Ainu - Indigenous People of Japan

The word Ainu means human in the Ainu language. Ainu mainly reside on Japan’s Hokkaido Island, with a very small number living in Russia. The traditional dress is comprised of a robe covered with geometric patterns. Genetic studies certainly reveal a fascinating picture of the Ainu people’s ancestry. It is thought that the Ainu are descendants of the Jōmon people whose culture flourished between 1
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-07-15   356 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-07-15

Hula Dance, the Spirit of Hawaii, Part 2 of 2

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Hula Dance, the Spirit of Hawaii, Part 2 of 2

As mentioned in the previous episode, Hawaiian mythologies, history, genealogies, and traditions were passed down from generation to generation through chant, or “oli,” and accompanying dance called “hula.” Today we are honored to have on our show Kumu Hula (master hula teacher) and choreographer, Ms. Nawahine Kuraoka. Ms. Kuraoka is here to share with us her knowledge of the beautiful hula dance.
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-05-13   676 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-05-13

Holy Songs – Beautiful Christian Spiritual Songs, Part 2 of 2

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Holy Songs – Beautiful Christian Spiritual Songs, Part 2 of 2

Since ancient times, humans have expressed their love and longing for God through singing and music. These holy songs connect us with the Divine and remind us of our heavenly Home. In a sense, these blessed singers and songwriters are the messengers of God helping deliver sacred messages in all musical genres. On today’s program, we are featuring modern Christian songs that uplift our souls to pla
Cultural Traces Around the World
2018-11-17   4135 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2018-11-17

The Māori Tūhoe People- Guardians of the Sacred Te Urewera Rainforest

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The Māori Tūhoe People- Guardians of the Sacred Te Urewera Rainforest

Today, we visit Oceania to learn about the Māori Tūhoe. New Zealand is a country located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. It comprises two main islands, namely, the North Island and South Island plus about 600 other smaller islands. The nation has a population of about 5 million, of which the majority are of European descent, with the Māori forming the most significant minority and then followed
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-09-15   84 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-09-15

The Open House Culture of Malaysia

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The Open House Culture of Malaysia

Fully embracing their multi-culture identity, Malaysians have a unique custom called, “open house,” which means during important cultural and religious festivals, they would open their houses to welcome not only friends and families, but also strangers. Through feasting and chatting together, cultural barriers are broken and new friendships are formed. Though 60% of the population are Muslims, nat
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-01-17   432 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-01-17

Holy Songs – Beautiful Christian Spiritual Songs, Part 1 of 2

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Holy Songs – Beautiful Christian Spiritual Songs, Part 1 of 2

Since ancient times, humans have expressed their love and longing for God through singing and music. These holy songs connect us with the Divine and remind us of our heavenly Home. On today’s program of Christian spiritual songs. Let’s start with an absolutely exquisite voice coming from 13-year-old soprano Aksel Rykkvin of Norway. “I Know That My Redeemer Liveth.” Let’s continue our sacred journe
Cultural Traces Around the World
2018-11-15   4013 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2018-11-15

Zaouli: Côte d'Ivoire's Mesmerizing Mask Dance

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Zaouli: Côte d'Ivoire's Mesmerizing Mask Dance

Dance is an integral part of the African culture, and today we are delighted to share with you a very exceptional and unique dance form from West Africa. Zaouli is regarded as a homage to feminine beauty. The dance was created in the 1950s by the Gouro, an ethnic group in the midwestern part of Côte d’Ivoire, with each Gouro village having a prized Zaouli dancer. The dance and accompanying music w
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-01-08   574 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-01-08

The Indian and Pacific Ocean's Indigenous Peoples: “Small Island Big Song,” Part 2 of 2

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The Indian and Pacific Ocean's Indigenous Peoples: “Small Island Big Song,” Part 2 of 2

The “World Tour 2018” was very impressive with the 39 “Small Island Big Song” concerts garnering over 100,000 attendees. The musician and dance troupe from eight island nations covered 20 cities in 12 countries on four continents! When we looked out at that stage and they were all such strong, proud musicians who are absolutely respected cultural voices and it was so humbling for us to be amongst
Cultural Traces Around the World
2019-08-14   1338 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2019-08-14

Living a Balanced Life: The Spiritual Qom People of Argentina

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Living a Balanced Life: The Spiritual Qom People of Argentina

The Qom believe that the Creator is the Ultimate Giver, and that all of creation has invisible spiritual beings as caretakers. Each “vital space,” that is, each forest, swamp, river, and grassland-and each animal, fruit, or plant to be harvested - has a spiritual guardian. On the land(Gran Chaco), there is a spirit that takes care of the land, takes care of the animals, lives in the water and take
Cultural Traces Around the World
2019-03-05   6273 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2019-03-05

The Sublime Beauty of Traditional Thai Dance

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The Sublime Beauty of Traditional Thai Dance

Located in Southeast Asia, the Kingdom of Thailand, formerly known as Siam, is a country steeped in rich cultural traditions. The name “Thailand” means “land of the free.” In this auspicious nation, one of the earliest signs of human existence was found. Through the centuries, the influence of neighboring countries such as India, China, and Cambodia have helped shape Thailand’s diverse and colorfu
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-06-24   627 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-06-24

Holy Songs: Devotional Hindu Songs

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Holy Songs: Devotional Hindu Songs

Our program today will feature Hindu songs composed and performed by Mr. Ramanathan Brahmanandam, a respected Hindu scholar and musician. He is also a compassionate vegetarian, who practices ahimsa (nonviolence) to aid his own Self-realization. Apart from being a distinguished scholar of Hinduism, Mr. Brahmanandam is also well-versed in the classical music tradition of South India. He composes and
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-05-27   365 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-05-27

Germany – An All-Embracing Place to Be

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Germany – An All-Embracing Place to Be

Germany stretches across Western and Central Europe, covering about 357,000 square kilometers and shares its borders with nine other European countries. With a population of more than 80 million people, Germany is the second-most populous state in Europe after Russia. Germany’s economy is the fifth-largest in the world, and the German approach is considered a role model for other nations to follow
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-08-27   222 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-08-27

The Proud Kalinago of Dominica

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The Proud Kalinago of Dominica

The Kalinago, previously known as the Caribs, are a proudly independent group of people who emigrated from South America to the Caribbean islands around the 13th century. Their skills as boat builders and sailors helped them expand their territory so that by the time the Spanish arrived two centuries later, they were the dominant culture on the islands. Today, most of the remaining 3,500 or so Kal
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-02-19   1147 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-02-19

El Salvador’s Indigenous Peoples – Jewels of the Nation

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El Salvador’s Indigenous Peoples – Jewels of the Nation

EI Salvador is in Central America and has the Pacific Ocean to the west, Guatemala to the north, and Honduras to the east. The Pipil people, who are the predominant indigenous group in the country, refer to their territory in Western EI Salvador as Cuscatlán, meaning “The Place of Jewel Necklaces.” Anyone who has ever had the opportunity to visit this exquisite nation will agree that it is a land
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-04-15   350 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-04-15

Holy Songs: The Mystical Melody - Remember Hirm - Almighty God!

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Holy Songs: The Mystical Melody - Remember Hirm - Almighty God!

Throughout the ages, spiritual practitioners have been known to compose exquisite pieces of music and poetry, expressing their divine nature from within, and reminding us of our own inner greatness and true purpose on Earth. With her heavenly inspiration and devout sincerity, Supreme Master Ching Hai has also written many compositions and poetic works, conveying the earnest longing for our Heavenl
Cultural Traces Around the World
2018-12-23   4211 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2018-12-23

Children of the Forest: Central Africa's Baka and Mbuti Peoples

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Children of the Forest: Central Africa's Baka and Mbuti Peoples

Both the Baka and the Mbuti see the forest as their spiritual father and mother. They are a semi-nomadic group who have historically lived by foraging in the forest to supply all their needs. Whether Mbuti or Baka, everyone participates in the making of music as part of their every day interaction with others in their community and the forest. The Mbuti are categorized as a peaceful society for se
Cultural Traces Around the World
2019-10-09   408 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2019-10-09

Holy Songs: Mother of The Universe

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Holy Songs: Mother of The Universe

Supreme Master Ching Hai said, “Only if we find God, will we find true happiness, true peace, everlasting bliss, even in this life and the life after.” Many of our Association members have also written spiritually enriching melodies, inspired by their deep love and gratefulness for our Almighty God. On today’s special program, we are honored to share some of these songs with you. Oh Mother of the
Cultural Traces Around the World
2018-10-18   3420 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2018-10-18

Within the Australian Aboriginal Culture and Spirituality, Part 1 of 2: Muru Mittigar, A Place of Connection

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Within the Australian Aboriginal Culture and Spirituality, Part 1 of 2: Muru Mittigar, A Place of Connection

A highly valued service of Muru Mittigar is how it weaves a powerful sense of connection, community, culture, and identity within the Aboriginal community. To average people it is very important because it is who we are, what we do. Culture is a very good part of our identity, so we have to stay connected with our culture. So when we do, these laws, three simple laws: respect each other, respect t
Cultural Traces Around the World
2019-01-17   5272 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2019-01-17
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