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Atma Ananda – Sacred Asia: traditions and stories.

Sacred Asia: traditions and stories

Atma Ananda

Sacred Asia: traditions and stories

West is West, East is East

and with the place they will go,

until you see the Sky with the Earth

terrible on the Court of the Lord.

But there is no East and West no —

what tribe, country, race,

when a strong man strong face to face

at the edge of the earth rises?

(R. Kipling)

Introduction. East

Having lived in India for a total of five years, the last three years, leaving only for visas to Nepal and Sri Lanka, I essentially ran out for itself a space in the sense of “call to awareness”. Interaction with teachers of high level, many of which had world-wide fame, became a kind of everyday activity, and personal practice of yoga brought to “spiritual perfection” if such a combination is appropriate. But here we are not talking about my “personal achievements” but rather a more extended space in which I spent two years after he left India. My plans included quite deliberately to focus on Indochina, before I get in China. The center of travel was Thailand, around which were described several circles, covering neighboring countries: Indonesia – Malaysia – Cambodia – Laos – Vietnam – China and return to Thailand after each small circle. Continue reading

Wedding customs in different parts of the world

Wedding is one of the most important holidays in a person’s life, and each pair during this event tries to stick to wedding traditions and the customs of his people. Best of all traditions know, older people, adults in the family, so young, doing the preparation for the celebration, ask questions to them. But also today there are books dedicated to the wedding traditions of different peoples, and abstracts distributed for free on the Internet.

For example, the Spaniards have a custom of watering the bride syrup – it symbolizes the sweet share. And before the wedding ceremony the bride and groom tied to the hand of the flower – whose flower is going to wilt first, and he will be the head of the family.

As you know, in most countries of the world before your wedding reception it is customary that the couple visited the Church – by the way, this is evidenced by the numerous books and essays on religion. Now, in England, when the bride goes to the Church ahead of her runs girl and throwing flowers on the ground. They symbolize a happy life, filled with flowers. And English brides dress is attached to a small horseshoe for good luck.

In Thailand it is customary that an elderly couple were preparing bedrooms for newlyweds. They clean the room, laid out beautifully on the shelves books, abstracts, Continue reading

Wedding without the white dress: traditions of different countries

At the thought of the wedding immediately raises the image of the bride in a white dress. Some mentally add Bridal veils, elegant gloves, flowers. But, despite the strong influence of European fashion, many people are used to seeing a very different bride. For example, in Spain the girls still wear orange clothes and in Thailand and not replaced for the duration of the event about a dozen dresses.

Orange blossom (Spain)

In Spain the bride, respecting wedding traditions, it is seen from a distance – she in a bright orange dress. These colors are certainly present and in the bouquet. Selected this shade for a reason, after all, one of the symbols of the country – the orange tree. Is considered, it symbolizes eternal youth. Also for wedding dresses here and choose the black color.

A kilt to the wedding (Scotland)

In Scotland, the man is not of the traditional costume, instead, here to wear the national dress – the kilt, of wool plaid fabric. The checkered scarf with the colors of the clan throw on the shoulders of the bride and stab with a pin. In addition, the girl going down the aisle, includes a part of the outfit is the belt. It tightens at the waist of his beloved fiance that symbolizes the strength of feelings.

An extensive wardrobe (Thailand)

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