History ,  World Culture

Culture Q&A

Why do Indian women have their nose pierced? There’s no one answer to this! The practice probably came into India around the 16th century, along with the Mughal invaders. According to another theory, the Sushruta Samhita, an ancient Ayurvedic...
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Art ,  Crafts

The Art of Indian Cowbells

Cowbells are something of a signature craft in India. Forged from metal and scraps, the Indian cowbell is not fancy or frivolous. It is a simple, practical object that delights with its unique sound and handmade look. But more...
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Inspirations From Maya Angelou

Most know Maya Angelou as the prolific writer: a poet, essayist, memoirist, and playwright. But Angelou, who died in 2014 at age 86, was so much more: she was a civil rights activist, journalist, singer, actor, the first black...
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Bazaar ,  Wares

Indian Cowbells, Not Just for Cows!

If you’re looking to decorate, you could opt for something more traditional; posters, photos, etc. But if you want something a little extra, something that adds color and sound, look no further than the Indian cowbell! Forged from scraps...
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Art ,  The Arts

Must See West African Dance

When Westerners speak of organized community dancing it is usually in the form of “couples” or “partners” dancing to a formal pattern – think waltzing, square dancing, or classic “slow dancing”. If you are fortunate enough to be able...
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