Angola by Eric Lafforgue

Around the World on Fridays (“A”)

“What is tolerance? It is the consequence of humanity. We are all formed of frailty and error; let us pardon reciprocally each other’s folly – that is the first law of nature.” Voltaire

Today: Afghanistan | Albania | Algeria | Andorra | Angola | Antigua and Barbuda | Argentina | Armenia | Australia | Austria | Azerbaijan

Cover Photography © Eric Lafforgue

 

AFGHANISTAN

Photo © UNHCR/D. Khan

Photo © UNHCR/D. Khan

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Thursday Night Is Poetry Night in Many Afghanistan Cities

Poetry is a staple in Afghan culture. For centuries Afghans have told their stories from generation to generation through verse. A good example of this come from the City of Herat in the west of the country. Every Thursday men and women of all ages gather in the city to celebrate poetry, old and new, while enjoying sweet teas and pastries. In more recent years, poetry in Afghanistan has been used as a way of tackling social issues, with women’s rights being a particularly popular subject in Afghan poetry. Text Source

 

ALBANIA

Photo © The Progress Film Company

Photo © The Progress Film Company

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Skanderbeg’s Legacy

The main legacy of the Albanian national hero, Skanderbeg, was to stop the expansion of the Ottoman Empire in Western Europe. His contribution is commemorated in monuments, statues, and squares named after him in Rome (Italy), Vienna (Austria), Geneva (Switzerland), Michigan (USA), Skopje (Macedonia), and Prishtina (Kosovo), Paris (France), Spezzano (Italy) and Brussels (Belgium). Text Source

 

ALGERIA

Photo © Humans of Algeria

Photo © Humans of Algeria

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Albert Camus is from Algeria

Nobel Prize winning author Albert Camus was born in Algeria in 1913. The famous author, journalist, and philosopher was best known for his novel “The Stranger” and spent most of his life in Algeria. He also played goalkeeper on the University of Algeria’s football team during his time there. Brains and brawn? That’s a well-rounded team! Text: Derek Dias

 

ANDORRA

Photo © all-andorra.com

Photo © all-andorra.com

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Andorra is the only country in the world with Catalan as its official language

Catalan is spoken in Spain, bits of France and an even smaller hunk of Sardinia. However, the only country where it is the official language is in Andorra. Text Source

 

ANGOLA

Photo © John Kenny

Photo © John Kenny

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Dancing is part of being Angolan

Angolan are crazy about music and dancing. Kizomba, tarraxinha, semba, and kuduro are their main music genres. There is a whole culture of kizomba in Angola, kids learn to dance since they start walking. You see the street sellers dancing in the middle of road. Text Source

 

ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA

Photo © Andy E. Williams

Photo © Andy E. Williams

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Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment Program

You can quite easily become a citizen of Antigua and Barbuda and obtain a passport to travel visa-free in 131 countries by choosing a local real estate investment option. Text Source

 

ARGENTINA

Photo © Tony Wasserman

Photo © Tony Wasserman

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Tango – The Dance of Love

While the tango is now one of the most popular dances in the world, it started out as a risqué improvisation in the brothels of Buenos Aires. Before the tango craze spread through Europe in the early 20th century, it may have been a dance reserved for prostitutes who shook their tail feathers with clients. This theory of the history of the tango doesn’t take into account the other places where working-class men and women went to dance in the working-class neighborhoods of Buenos Aires. Regardless, what is known is that the tango is a dance whose early days were all about sex and gender relations. The women and men who danced were playing out social roles through their movements. It isn’t called the “dance of love” for nothing. Text: Kristance Harlow

 

ARMENIA

Photo © Edgar Barseghyan

Photo © Edgar Barseghyan

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The Red Color of Armenian Garments and Rugs

Armenian national garments and rugs are often adorned with a rich, deep red color. But what most might not realize is that this is all thanks to a little insect called the “Armenian cochineal“, also known as “Kermes” which is indigenous to the Ararat plain and Aras River valley in the Armenian Highlands. The lowly scale bug, lies at the center of the creation of one of the rarest and special pigments known to man; the Armenian color Vordan Karmir. Text Source

 

AUSTRALIA

Photo © Kinny Photography

Photo © Kinny Photography

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The Oldest Aboriginal Culture on Earth

It’s estimated that the continent’s original inhabitants have been in Australia for a staggering 40,000-60,000 years. Text Source

 

AUSTRIA

Official postcard from the glory years of Kugelmugel

Official postcard from the glory years of Kugelmugel

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Republic of Kugelmugel

When artist Edwin Lipburger got into a dispute with authorities over building permits for his spherical house, he decided to declare independence from Austria (1984). His new country was called the Republic of Kugelmugel (Ball Hill). Authorities, however, moved his house to Prater Park in downtown Vienna and surrounded it with barbed wire. When Edwin refused to pay taxes to Austria, only a presidential pardon saved him from jail. Today, Kugelmugel still stands as a tourist attraction. Text Source

 

AZERBAIJAN

Photo © Rustam Huseynov Photography

Photo © Rustam Huseynov Photography

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The Land of Fire

There are several theories why Azerbaijan is called Land of Fire. Yet, since olden times Aturpatakan, which was one of the early primary names of oil-rich Azerbaijan mentioned in Persian sources, meant “a place where sacred fire is preserved”. Oil extraction in Absheron peninsula which is one of the ancient oil regions of the world, dates back to the 7th-6th centuries BC. Information about is found in the works of ancient and medieval historians. For instance, ancient Roman historian Ammianus Marcellinus, (4th century AD) in his “History” noted that in the ancient states of Azerbaijan they used “Midian oil” which was called nafta in the local language.

Besides, fire-worshipping was strong in Azerbaijan, a region where Zoroastrianism first spread. This was engraved in the architectural monuments and superstitions where fire was sacred. Yet since ancient times the existence of a few burning mountains and gasesin the Southern Caucasus showed that the region was one of the first places where fire was used. Additionally, ancient Greek mythology says that, by the order of Zeus, Prometeus was bound with a chain on the Caucasus Mountains because he had stolen fire from the Gods and brought it to mankind. Text Source

 

Around the World on Fridays: A visual experience of people portraits and a curiosity glimpse into alphabetically selected countries for each post & regular updates in “A Country a Day” (*) on Madalina Dobraca People & Culture Boutique. For the love of humans everywhere!

(*) “A Country a Day” is a mini-project I started on Facebook on the 4th of June 2016, aiming to alphabetically cover each country of the world through a daily photo-pictorial illustrating the unique and diverse personalities of the featured countries. Enjoy the variety and beauty of people and cultures every day!

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