Thailand – it is a Kingdom situated in South-East Asia and washed by the South China and Andaman seas. And the country stretched out between its extreme points has a distance of 1860 km, and Tradition of Thailand is inextricably linked to the culture of nearby countries, as well as with the history of the country. Until 1939, the Kingdom was called Siam, and then was renamed. The word “Thai” means “freedom” that is because the country has never been conquered by the colonizers (had to sacrifice only the two southern provinces), so the culture and customs of Thailand are exotic blend of Chinese and Indian traditions.
The population of the country the vast majority are Thais, in a small number of Chinese live here, Malays, Indians, Laotians. Traditions of Thailand are inextricably linked with the main religion-Buddhism, professed by 94% of the population. The rest are mostly Muslims. Religious traditions of Thailand based on the ancient form of Buddhism called “Theravada”, it is the teachings of the Buddha Gautama. A rather strict set of rules and laws this belief affects the daily lives and customs of Thailand, Thai culture giving identity and special charm.
Traditions of Thailand – the austerity and piety
Traditions of Thailand have their roots in religion and history of the country, Continue reading
The peoples of Central Asia
In Central Asia in the first Millennium BC were rich region located along the river valleys of Syr-Darya, the Zerafshan, Kashka Darya, Amu Darya, Murgab, Tejan. These were agricultural oases, cultural life which rested on an artificial irrigation based on removing channels from the rivers originating in the mountains. In the neighbourhood of the oases in the steppes the nomads lived in different tribes.
Here lived a population of Iranian origin — the Sogdians along the rivers Zerafshan and Kashka-Darya, Khorezm — in the lower reaches of the Amu-Darya, Bactrians to the South from the Amu-Darya, — belonged to the people, mentioned since antiquity.
Depending on the farmers was agricultural population, hardworking farming oases, where along with the wheat and barley were cultivated cotton, rice, grapes, mulberry and fruit trees.
There was a writing (many of the documents in the Sogdian language came to our time). Transit trade was strengthened cultural links with Western Asia, the Caucasus, Iran, India, China, which resulted in the distribution in the cities of Central Asia, Christianity, Zoroastrianism, Manichaeism, Buddhism. In 60-ies of VI century BC in the steppes of today’s Kazakhstan has developed a powerful Empire of nomads-Turks, Continue reading
Filipino cuisine is bright and colorful, but has a number of specific features. It has formed a lot of natural, national, historical and cultural factors, each region of the Philippines you can see their culinary peculiarities.
Tropical island situation of the country and the Malay population has laid the Foundation, Filipino cuisine is without doubt a typical Asian kitchen. Main component, of course, rice . widely used tropical fruits, coconut milk, variety of seafood, spices.
Although traditionally Filipino dishes are not preferred in the European knife and fork from a plate and not in Chinese with chopsticks from the bowl, and by hand and certainly from the banana leaf . this tradition (magalski «Chaman” ) is cultivated only in some in the local restaurants.
Filipino cuisine Asian non-sharp, but three hundred years of Spanish rule had softened her considerably. Amid dishes of neighboring countries, Philippine a lot more moderate and more tolerant to the European stomach.
Catholicism, unlike widespread in the region of Islam, much less impose food taboos and restrictions, otherwise the Filipinos and the country would be unable to enjoy the main meal — Lechon — spit-roast suckling pig.
Only slightly influenced the local cuisine and Indian culinary tradition, Continue reading