Iran is a vast plateau, Central part of which is barren desert with a pronounced continental climate. More conducive to the development of the economy and culture of the oases located along surrounding the highlands of the mountain ranges and irrigated by small rivers and streams. In the North of the plateau rises a system of Elbrus. To adjoin the Turkmen-Khorasan mountains, a Northern branch of which passes on the territory of Central Asia and is called the Kopet-Dagh. From the West and the South-East highlands protect the Zagros and South-Iranian mountains. In ancient times on the slopes of all these mountains were green with rich forests, yielding timber wood. On the elevated areas barley grows in the wild and is still found mountain goats and sheep. In most parts of Iran, agriculture requires irrigation, the use of all water resources small rivers, running down from the mountains and streams, and even seasonal streams. Relatively well provided with water southwest of Iran in Khuzestan, where the rivers karok language and Cerha, and the dry subtropical climate and fertile soil enable us to obtain large yields. Of minerals other than oil, in ancient times, almost not used, there are deposits of copper, iron and silver.
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Sacred Asia: traditions and stories
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?
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
Japan is known for its abundance of tradition, here and new year’s holidays was not an exception. Want to know what are the traditions of New year in Japan happened in the past and have now? Then please read on.
Honored traditions of Japan’s past
New year looking forward and honored in Japan. It is a celebration of the holidays, although we can not say that it is celebrated noisily and in a big way. Such intensity not characteristic of the inhabitants of the land of the Rising Sun. Everything happens simply and modestly. The Japanese have learned and European customs of the New year – to celebrate the holiday on the night of 31 December to first of January, but they hold sacred their ancient traditions .
The main attribute of the Japanese New year is kadomatsu – “pine at the entrance”. The Japanese way to welcome the deity of the New year Toshigami. Also the Japanese be sure to pull the rope in front of the house. They believe that the evil spirit will not be able to enter their home and harm them. Keep the well-being of the house of arrows Hama, which detailed the Japanese are reserved in advance.
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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
China is the largest in Eastern Russia. A population of a billion people. In a short period of time China has experienced a powerful impetus to economic development and now ranks second largest GDP. Recently this country was regarded as obsolete, but in the decade became a world power.
Influence on Chinese culture has had existing religions: Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism. Also in China there Professor of Christianity and Islam.
China is the world’s only Communist country. Moreover, the Chinese could achieve a combination of capitalism with communism, which led to prosperity.
Mongolia has a long border with Russia almost 3.5 thousand kilometers. This country is in many ways an amazing and extraordinary. In one part of the state you can contemplate the mountains, rolling plains, and the other by sandy deserts. Climate, vegetation and the world were formed under the influence of taiga forests and deserts.
Most of Mongolians are Buddhists. However, preserved in some parts of the country shamanism. The number of people professing Islam, due to the presence of a large number of Kazakhs, who immigrated to Mongolia. In the country about 50 thousand Christians.
The basis of Mongolian culture – nomadism. Many families still live this lifestyle. Created seasonal special school to receive education, Continue reading