It is the cultural accomplishment that satisfies our aesthetic senses, that bridges the gap of knowing and that guides us in discovering beauty. ——Georg Wilhelm Friedrich HegelCulture implies all in which that gives the mind possession of its own powers; as language gives to the critic, and the telescope gives to the astronomer. ——Ralph Waldo EmersonKnowledge is the crystallization of precious stones; Culture is the luster of precious stones. —— Rabindranath Tagore

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Mother Earth’s Monumental Masterpiece: Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch

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Nature's Beauty

Mother Earth’s Monumental Masterpiece: Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch

The Swiss Alps are recognized as one of the most spectacular mountainous regions in the world. The Jungfrau-Aletsch region is the most glaciated part of the European Alps. Spanning over 82,000 hectares (316.6 square miles), it is located in the southwest of Switzerland. Jungfrau-Aletsch boasts many impressive peaks, nine of which stand at over 4,000 meters (2.5 miles) in altitude. The Jungfrau-Aletsch region became the first Alpine UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific, and Cultural, Organization) World Natural Heritage Site in 2001. The Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch region has not only played a significant role in European art, literature, mountaineering, and sightseeing, but it also offers immense wealth of geological information regarding glacier and alp formation, as well as the natural ecosystems unique to the area. With global warming resulting in an alarming amount of unnatural glacial retreat, ongoing scientific research in the area is also considered to be of paramount importance. The Aletsch Glacier is the largest and longest glacial area of the European Alps. This frozen river begins its long winding 23-kilometer (14-mile) descent from an altitude of 4,000 meters (2.49 miles). Measured at almost 1-kilometer (3,280-feet) thick at various points, the glacial ice melts to feed crystal clear water into the Rhone River. Although snow, ice, and outcrops of jagged granite rock make up around 80 percent of the Jungfrau-Aletsch landscape, 529 species of durable vascular plants and mosses can be found here, and Norway Spruce and Swiss Pine trees are plentiful in the valleys below. The Jungfrau-Aletsch region is also full of animal life. There are plenty of mountain goats like the Alpine ibex, or the steinbock, as well as the chamois. The lynx is very much at home chilling on the glacial hillsides along with a number of red deer and smaller mammals such as foxes, hares, stoats, and squirrels. Almost 1,000 separate insect species have been recorded in the region. The 99 species of bird that have been identified here include the rock thrush, rock partridge, great spotted woodpecker, golden eagle, as well as boreal and pygmy owls. Indeed, this vibrant environment is full of life.
Nature's Beauty
2020-07-10   744 Views
Nature's Beauty
2020-07-10

Admont Abbey: A Magnificent Jewel of the Baroque Era

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The World Around Us

Admont Abbey: A Magnificent Jewel of the Baroque Era

The Benedictine Abbey of Admont was founded in 1074 by Archbishop Gebhard of Salzburg. It is now the oldest remaining monastery in Styria, Austria, and one of the largest neo-Gothic sacred buildings in the country. The name Admont comes from the Latin word “ad montes,“ which means “at the mountains.” Situated amidst the gorgeous mountains of Gesäuse National Park, the magnificent Admont Abbey gloriously represents the Rule of St. Benedict of Nursia: “So that in all things God may be glorified!”
The World Around Us
2019-07-30   2817 Views
The World Around Us
2019-07-30

Ghana – The Blessed Land with a Vibrant Culture, Part 1 of 3

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Cultural Traces Around the World

Ghana – The Blessed Land with a Vibrant Culture, Part 1 of 3

Ghana is located along the Guinea Gulf and Atlantic Ocean in West Africa. Spanning over 560 kilometers of tropical coastline, Ghana is a place of natural beauty and colorful cultures. The country’s cultural mosaic encompasses over 70 different tribes and six major ethnic groups. Although English is the most common language, Ghanaians also widely speak in native tongues, such as Twi and Ga. There a
Cultural Traces Around the World
2021-06-16   857 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2021-06-16

Emperor Tamarin: Adorable Monkeys with a Royal Mustache

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Animal World: Our Co-inhabitants

Emperor Tamarin: Adorable Monkeys with a Royal Mustache

The Amazon rainforest is truly a paradise for us monkeys! My kind, the emperor tamarin, also known by scientists as saguinus imperator, is a small-sized monkey species found mainly in the southwestern Amazon Basin located in Peru, with our population also spreading east to the northern part of Bolivia and into the state of Amazonas in Brazil. Emperor tamarins are characterized by a monotone
Animal World: Our Co-inhabitants
2021-06-04   338 Views
Animal World: Our Co-inhabitants
2021-06-04

Croatia: A Crossroads of Precious Cultures, Part 2 of 3

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Cultural Traces Around the World

Croatia: A Crossroads of Precious Cultures, Part 2 of 3

Croatia is home to approximately 444 protected areas, including eight national parks, two strict nature reserves, and 11 nature parks, totaling an estimated 9% of the country’s land. Among these is the Plitvice Lakes National Park, which is unique for its exceptional beauty and attracts many nature lovers every year. When speaking of Croatia’s natural wonders, another location must be mentioned: t
Cultural Traces Around the World
2021-06-02   298 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2021-06-02

Croatia: A Crossroads of Precious Cultures, Part 1 of 3

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Cultural Traces Around the World

Croatia: A Crossroads of Precious Cultures, Part 1 of 3

The Republic of Croatia is a beautiful European country located at the crossroads connecting Central Europe and the Mediterranean Sea. The nation borders Slovenia, Hungary, and several other countries. Croatia features beautiful islands, silver beaches, and blue sea off of its coast. Its mainland has a number of mountain ranges, with Dinara Mountain being the highest peak. Due to its geographic lo
Cultural Traces Around the World
2021-05-26   788 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2021-05-26

The Peaceful Êzîdî People of the Middle East

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Cultural Traces Around the World

The Peaceful Êzîdî People of the Middle East

Religion plays a significant role in the lives of many Êzîdî people. Their religion, Yazidism, is considered to be one of the oldest religions from the fertile area of Mesopotamia. According to some manuscripts, it dates back to the third millennium BC. It is an oral tradition whereby one generation passes on religious knowledge to the next. The overarching Êzîdî belief is in one God who ha
Cultural Traces Around the World
2021-05-05   415 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2021-05-05

Discovering the Community Spirit of the Dani People

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Cultural Traces Around the World

Discovering the Community Spirit of the Dani People

The resourceful Dani people live in the Baliem Valley, located in the Western New Guinea Highlands of Indonesia. Due to the remoteness of this location, the Dani were largely unknown to the rest of the world until 1938. For this community, spirituality is integral to daily life. The Dani believe that we have a soul inside of us, which they call “edai-egen.” Traditionally, the Dani are animi
Cultural Traces Around the World
2021-04-07   647 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2021-04-07

The Culture of Laos

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Cultural Traces Around the World

The Culture of Laos

Located in the heart of the Indochinese Peninsula, Lao People's Democratic Republic is famous for its beautiful culture, unique traditions, and pristine landscape. The only landlocked country in Southeast Asia, Laos is bordered by Myanmar, China, Âu Lạc or Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. About 66% of the population are Theravada Buddhists while the rest belong to at least 48 distinct ethnic minori
Cultural Traces Around the World
2021-03-31   742 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2021-03-31

Kashmir: A Paradise on Earth

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Cultural Traces Around the World

Kashmir: A Paradise on Earth

The fourth Mughal Emperor, His Majesty Jahangir, had said this about Kashmir, “If there’s a paradise on Earth, it is this, it is this, it is this.” Kashmir is widely known for its natural beauty and rich culture. Inhabitants of diverse religious backgrounds including Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism, and Christianity coexist amicably and form their own distinct and harmonious community. This mel
Cultural Traces Around the World
2021-03-24   589 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2021-03-24

Traditional Musical Instrument: The Finnish Kantele

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Cultural Traces Around the World

Traditional Musical Instrument: The Finnish Kantele

The kantele, a plucked string instrument belonging to the zither family, is the Finnish version of the psaltery played by peoples living in the eastern Baltic countries. Kanteles are grouped into two categories: the small kantele and the concert kantele. Small kanteles have 15 or fewer strings with a range of around two octaves and generally have a shape similar to that of traditional instruments.
Cultural Traces Around the World
2021-03-17   657 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2021-03-17

The Spiritual Lumad Societies of Mindanao

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Cultural Traces Around the World

The Spiritual Lumad Societies of Mindanao

The Lumad people encompass a collection of indigenous people from the Mindanao region. This area is the second-largest island in the Philippines and also includes smaller islands surrounding the main landmass. The Lumad people or Lumadnon, consist of approximately 18 major groups. The island of Mindanao contains a significant portion of forested and protected areas, many of which are ancestral lan
Cultural Traces Around the World
2021-03-10   521 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2021-03-10

Danish Cultural Art, Part 2 of 2

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Cultural Traces Around the World

Danish Cultural Art, Part 2 of 2

Today, we’ll examine Denmark’s unique architecture, handicrafts, visual arts, and literature. Kronborg Castle has been standing above a narrow cape between the coasts of Denmark and Sweden for six centuries. It is well known as the home of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The Castle, widely recognized as one of Europe’s most outstanding Renaissance castles, was adopted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000
Cultural Traces Around the World
2021-03-03   526 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2021-03-03

Successful Refugees and Immigrants Leading the Way, Part 8: Pop Star Tresor Riziki

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Good People, Good Work

Successful Refugees and Immigrants Leading the Way, Part 8: Pop Star Tresor Riziki

Like the accomplished refugees covered in previous parts of our series, Tresor Riziki is also among these outstanding individuals and is regarded as one of the most distinguished pop stars in Africa. Tresor is described as the pioneer of “African Neo-Pop Sounds.” Regarding his music, Tresor says that it is “a fusion of sound from all over the continent” and celebrates Africa and Africans. T
Good People, Good Work
2021-02-19   1183 Views
Good People, Good Work
2021-02-19

Onsens - The Hotsprings of Japan

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Cultural Traces Around the World

Onsens - The Hotsprings of Japan

Japan, the “Land of the Rising Sun,” is an island country in East Asia. Although it is a nation with rapid modern development, it has never lost touch with its traditional culture and heritage. The island is blessed with more than 3,000 mineral-rich onsens, fed directly from the 25,000 thermal springs bubbling beneath its unique geothermal archipelago. Furthermore, the ongoing volcanic activities
Cultural Traces Around the World
2021-02-03   905 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2021-02-03

The Venerated Mahatma Koot Hoomi (vegetarian): Ascended Master and World Teacher

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Life of a Saint

The Venerated Mahatma Koot Hoomi (vegetarian): Ascended Master and World Teacher

The Venerated Mahatma Koot Hoomi, also known as Kuthumi or K. H., is one of the great Masters of Ancient Wisdom. Incarnating again and again, the compassionate Savior’s mission is to aid humanity in their spiritual evolution. In His last incarnation as Master Koot Hoomi, He was instrumental in the founding of the Theosophical Society. Alongside Lord Jesus Christ, the Venerated Mahatma Koot Hoomi n
Life of a Saint
2021-01-24   1203 Views
Life of a Saint
2021-01-24

The Arctic’s Resilient Inuit People

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Cultural Traces Around the World

The Arctic’s Resilient Inuit People

The Inuit are a remarkable indigenous community who are considered the world’s northernmost culture. Living above the tree line in the Arctic, this nomadic group needed to develop special skills to survive. One of the most famous and iconic structures made by the Inuit is the igloo, which they developed as a temporary shelter for the long, harsh winters. An igloo is typically made of very h
Cultural Traces Around the World
2021-01-20   742 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2021-01-20

Latin American Dance

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Cultural Traces Around the World

Latin American Dance

Latin America is a place with many culturally enriched dances. Stemming from Mexico, South America, Central America and the Caribbean, Latin American dances infuse cultural flavour with technical skill to bring exciting performances to audiences worldwide. Modern Latin American dance consists of a wide variety of styles that were formed in separate cities and countries. Some of the dances have
Cultural Traces Around the World
2021-01-08   699 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2021-01-08

Traditional Musical Instrument: The Hungarian Cimbalom

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Cultural Traces Around the World

Traditional Musical Instrument: The Hungarian Cimbalom

The cimbalom, an elaborate stringed instrument found mainly in the Central and Eastern European nations, belongs to the dulcimer family and is played by striking metal strings mounted over a trapezoidal soundboard. Associated with the music of the Hungarian Gypsies, the cimbalom is a symbol of Hungary as well as its national instrument. Cimbaloms come in varying sizes, tone groupings, and string a
Cultural Traces Around the World
2021-01-06   834 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2021-01-06

Natural Inspiration: “My Octopus Teacher” and “Gaia”

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Cinema Scene

Natural Inspiration: “My Octopus Teacher” and “Gaia”

Today we present two inspirational films about Mother Nature: “My Octopus Teacher” and “Gaia.” When Craig Foster, a filmmaker, videographer, and diver, experiences a very tough time in life, he can hardly work and finds it difficult to be a good father. He knows a radical change is needed. Following an inner calling to go to the ocean, he moves back to the place where he spent his childhood, happi
Cinema Scene
2021-01-01   695 Views
Cinema Scene
2021-01-01

The Creative Basque People of France and Spain

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Cultural Traces Around the World

The Creative Basque People of France and Spain

The Basque Country is a region covering southwest France and northwest Spain that the locals call Euskal Herria, or “Basque speaker.” It is believed that the Basques are descendants of Neolithic farmers who became separated from other European communities due to their geographical isolation. Their land features mountainous terrain, rocky landscapes, coastal lookouts and an abundance of beauty! The
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-12-09   842 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-12-09

The Reunion of Souls: Gathering with Association Members after the Lecture, Part 11 of 11, April 27, 2000

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Words of Wisdom

The Reunion of Souls: Gathering with Association Members after the Lecture, Part 11 of 11, April 27, 2000

Once you’re beautiful inside, people see you beautiful outside – that is normally the case, yes!…But continue with your practice. Your life is better and better, I need not tell you. I’m just saying that in case somebody doesn’t know yet, they can verify with you. Your life is an example of love and of spiritual blessing; there’s no need to even preach to anybody.&n
Words of Wisdom
2020-11-14   1715 Views
Words of Wisdom
2020-11-14
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