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Cultural Traces Around the World

Honoring the beautiful indigenous cultures that have graced our planet in the past and present, featuring festive dances, traditional music and an abundance of colorful clothing, artwork, plus timeless spirituality reminding us of our original nature and harmonious relationship with the universe.

Celebrating the Traditions of Southern China’s Ethnic Groups, Part 2 of 2

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Celebrating the Traditions of Southern China’s Ethnic Groups, Part 2 of 2

In this landscape of green mountains and clear rivers, apart from the heavenly chorus of the Dong people, the folk songs of the Zhuang and Yao ethnic groups are also well known. March 3rd of the lunar calendar is the date of one of the most splendid traditional festivals for the Zhuang ethnic group. On this day, men and women as well as children and the elderly costumes to participate in the Folk Song Fair of the Double Third Festival. Through songs, they pray for favorable weather as well as pay tribute to their ancestors and the gods. Zhuang villages are known as “the sea of songs.” Zhuang singers are all masters of language. They converse with each other through songs and express their hearts by singing.
Cultural Traces Around the World
2019-05-07   200 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2019-05-07

Celebrating the Traditions of Southern China’s Ethnic Groups, Part 1 of 2

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Celebrating the Traditions of Southern China’s Ethnic Groups, Part 1 of 2

Originating in Chain’s Spring and Autumn as well as the Waring States periods, the Dong Grand Song is a homophonic, ancient Dong folk chorus without accompaniment. One of its features is the imitation of sounds found in nature. The Dong do not have a written language. Since olden times, their folklore, history and song lyrics have all been passed on through oral transmission. There is a saying among the Dong tribes, “Rice nourishes the body; song nourish the heart.” For the Dong people, songs play a significant role in their lives; it is how they express their hearts and culture.
Cultural Traces Around the World
2019-05-04   103 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2019-05-04

The Mapuche: The People of the Earth, Part 2 of 2

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The Mapuche: The People of the Earth, Part 2 of 2

As we continue our exploration of the Mapuche people in Chile and Argentina. The Mapuche traditionally lived in houses called rukas. The rukas were made of local materials. Like most aspects of their culture, music, singing and dance reflect the Mapuchen world view that they exist to live in harmony with everything around them- the earth, plants, animals and neighbors near and far. Many of the dances imitate and honor the animals that inhabit their environment. Let’s look at one of the more uplifting traditional dances.
Cultural Traces Around the World
2019-04-13   155 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2019-04-13

The Mapuche: The People of the Earth, Part 1 of 2

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The Mapuche: The People of the Earth, Part 1 of 2

The Mapuche have resided in modern day Argentina and Chile for over 2500 years. They make up the largest group of indigenous people in Chile, accounting for approximately 10% of the population. Another 300,000 reside in Argentina. The rituals and cultural traditions of the Mapuche people are designed to enable them to live in harmony with the stars, the earth and all her inhabitants. They believe humans and all animals, from the largest to the smallest insect, can only exist through the grace of a higher spiritual power. Humans are also viewed as essential and integral parts of everything that surrounds them, in the skies and on the earth.
Cultural Traces Around the World
2019-04-11   133 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2019-04-11

Holy Songs - Blessings of Ireland

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Holy Songs - Blessings of Ireland

In today's show, we are privileged to introduce to you three lrish songs. Our first song is "Be Thou My vision," an 8th century lrish hymn sung to the music of lrish folk song "Slane." Our next song is called "Between the Master and I" sung in Gaelic and English by Katie McMahon, an acclaimed lrish singer at the loving the Silent Tears concert in 2012 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, the California, USA. Our last song is based on a famous lrish Blessing for travelers, "May the Road Rise to Meet You."
Cultural Traces Around the World
2019-03-30   141 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2019-03-30

Indigenous Brazilians- In Spiritual Connection with the Earth

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Indigenous Brazilians- In Spiritual Connection with the Earth

The indigenous Brazilians have had a strong spiritual connection to the land for many years. Living closely with nature, the various tribes have relied upon the Mother Earth that has provided them with nourishment, healing plants and herbs, and inspirational beauty. There are approximately 305 indigenous tribes in Brazil, pass on their knowledge to the next generation orally through the telling of stories, as well as taking part in rituals. As well as sustaining life and health, the land serves as the resting place for their loved ones and the future for their children.
Cultural Traces Around the World
2019-03-23   142 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2019-03-23

Reflective Korean Buddhist Melodies

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Reflective Korean Buddhist Melodies

Buddhism has been a part of Korean culture for over 2,000 years and its deep influence is evident in Korea’s magnificent temples, paintings, literature, statues of great Buddha and Bodhisattvas, and non-violent vegan temple food. In addition, Buddhism has enriched the songs and instrumental music of Korea. Buddhist prayer chants have long been played as offerings at traditional sacred ceremonies. Buddha’s enlightened teachings such as detachment, letting go and compassion have also inspired many modern-day musicians. On today’s program, we’re excited to present three contemporary Buddhist songs. The first is “When the Wind Comes”. Our next pieces are “ An Amazing Lotus Flower”, “The Waiting Heart”.
Cultural Traces Around the World
2019-03-16   108 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2019-03-16

Living a Balanced Life: The Spiritual Qom People of Argentina

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Living a Balanced Life: The Spiritual Qom People of Argentina

The Qom believe that the Creator is the Ultimate Giver, and that all of creation has invisible spiritual beings as caretakers. Each “vital space,” that is, each forest, swamp, river, and grassland-and each animal, fruit, or plant to be harvested - has a spiritual guardian. On the land(Gran Chaco), there is a spirit that takes care of the land, takes care of the animals, lives in the water and takes care. To the Qom people, life depends on maintaining a balance and peaceful harmony with all the created world, including with the spiritual guardians.
Cultural Traces Around the World
2019-03-05   133 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2019-03-05

Holy Songs – Ethereal Indian Spiritual Songs

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Holy Songs – Ethereal Indian Spiritual Songs

Since ancient times, humans have expressed their love and longing for God through singing and music. These holy songs connect us with the Divine and remind us of our heavenly home. In a sense, these blessed singers and songwriters are the messengers of God helping deliver sacred messages in all musical genres. Supreme Master Ching Hai once expressed the following praise for these artists: The artists are able to emulate the heavenly melodies and the beauties from above and try to express them on Earth as much as they can through their physical instrument and vocal. Because in Heaven, everything is so glorious and beyond imagination — full of Divine light and celestial sounds of music.
Cultural Traces Around the World
2019-02-26   139 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2019-02-26

Within the Australian Aboriginal Culture and Spirituality, Part 2 of 2: The Magnificent Art and Wisdom

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Within the Australian Aboriginal Culture and Spirituality, Part 2 of 2: The Magnificent Art and Wisdom

Walk-about was about learning, looking, listening, learning. Walk-about was about the song lines. So, these were pathways. These song lines were like pathways though the country. And along these song lines, we would dance and sing. At the same time the uncles will be pointing out certain trees, the names of them and the purpose for them. And one song line could entail walking for most of the day just doing song and dance. And then at night we would stop at a camp fire. And then the uncles would sit around, and share certain stories about the songs that we were just singing along them song lines.
Cultural Traces Around the World
2019-01-24   99 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2019-01-24

Within the Australian Aboriginal Culture and Spirituality, Part 1 of 2: Muru Mittigar, A Place of Connection

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Within the Australian Aboriginal Culture and Spirituality, Part 1 of 2: Muru Mittigar, A Place of Connection

A highly valued service of Muru Mittigar is how it weaves a powerful sense of connection, community, culture, and identity within the Aboriginal community. To average people it is very important because it is who we are, what we do. Culture is a very good part of our identity, so we have to stay connected with our culture. So when we do, these laws, three simple laws: respect each other, respect the animals, and respect the land, gave us a spiritual connection to everything.
Cultural Traces Around the World
2019-01-17   107 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2019-01-17

Holy Songs- Devotional Bahá’í Songs

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Holy Songs- Devotional Bahá’í Songs

Bahá’i devotional songs written by His Holiness Baha’u’llah and the Venerated Master Abdu’l-Bahá. “Prayer for Infants”-Praised be Thou, O Lord my God! Graciously grant that this infant be fed from the breast of Thy tender mercy. “Healing Prayer”-Thy name is my healing. And remembrance of Thee is my remedy. Thy mercy to me is my healing and my succor in both this world and the world to come. “Unite”-Unite and bind together the hearts. Join in accord all the souls. Oh Lord! Make these faces radiant through the light of Thy oneness.
Cultural Traces Around the World
2019-01-10   84 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2019-01-10

Holy Songs: The Mystical Melody - Remember Hirm - Almighty God!

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Holy Songs: The Mystical Melody - Remember Hirm - Almighty God!

Throughout the ages, spiritual practitioners have been known to compose exquisite pieces of music and poetry, expressing their divine nature from within, and reminding us of our own inner greatness and true purpose on Earth. With her heavenly inspiration and devout sincerity, Supreme Master Ching Hai has also written many compositions and poetic works, conveying the earnest longing for our Heavenly Home, while also empathizing with those weary souls seeking true bliss and eternal love. Indeed, as Supreme Master Ching Hai said, “Only if we find God, will we find true happiness, true peace, everlasting bliss, even in this life and the life after.”
Cultural Traces Around the World
2018-12-23   91 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2018-12-23

First Nations PowWow = Energy, Colour and Spirit!

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First Nations PowWow = Energy, Colour and Spirit!

And that’s how I was taught as a dancer: that when I’m making my own regalia, that I’m praying to the Creator that whatever I’m wearing will strengthen me while I’m dancing, strengthen me for the people I pray for. But most of all, strengthen myself for what my mother brought to me from her side of the family. Part of being a dancer is we really have to become humble. And that’s how we get the connection between Mother Earth and the Heavenly skies. And the only way I can explain it to you is, it’s kind of like an electric vibration…
Cultural Traces Around the World
2018-12-13   104 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2018-12-13

Holy Songs – Beautiful Christian Spiritual Songs, Part 2 of 2

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Holy Songs – Beautiful Christian Spiritual Songs, Part 2 of 2

Since ancient times, humans have expressed their love and longing for God through singing and music. These holy songs connect us with the Divine and remind us of our heavenly Home. In a sense, these blessed singers and songwriters are the messengers of God helping deliver sacred messages in all musical genres. On today’s program, we are featuring modern Christian songs that uplift our souls to places of deep gratitude and contemplation, performed by artists inspired be the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Cultural Traces Around the World
2018-11-17   97 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2018-11-17

Holy Songs – Beautiful Christian Spiritual Songs, Part 1 of 2

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Holy Songs – Beautiful Christian Spiritual Songs, Part 1 of 2

Since ancient times, humans have expressed their love and longing for God through singing and music. These holy songs connect us with the Divine and remind us of our heavenly Home. On today’s program of Christian spiritual songs. Let’s start with an absolutely exquisite voice coming from 13-year-old soprano Aksel Rykkvin of Norway. “I Know That My Redeemer Liveth.” Let’s continue our sacred journey with a world-famous spiritual song “Ave Maria.” For our last song, “Let the Bright Seraphim.”
Cultural Traces Around the World
2018-11-15   112 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2018-11-15

Holy Songs: Mother of The Universe

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Holy Songs: Mother of The Universe

Supreme Master Ching Hai said, “Only if we find God, will we find true happiness, true peace, everlasting bliss, even in this life and the life after.” Many of our Association members have also written spiritually enriching melodies, inspired by their deep love and gratefulness for our Almighty God. On today’s special program, we are honored to share some of these songs with you. Oh Mother of the Universe! When You smile, people’s hearts move, the sky is warmed with love. Sunshine sparkling the rosy color of faith.
Cultural Traces Around the World
2018-10-18   91 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2018-10-18

The Chăm – Gentle and Simple-hearted People, Part 2 of 2

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The Chăm – Gentle and Simple-hearted People, Part 2 of 2

Since ancient times, Chǎm people have always valued spirituality. Chǎm people in Âu Lạc (Vietnam) have two main belief groups: Chǎm Brahmin and Chǎm Islam. The traditional beliefs of the Chǎm Brahmin is the concept that nature and all objects have souls. They also believe in and worship the Creator of the universe. The Chǎm Islams have absolute faith in Allah as the only God, and Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) as the messenger of the Supreme God. Despite different beliefs, the Chǎm people still live together in harmony, and always try to preserve their culture, moral precepts, and religious beliefs.
Cultural Traces Around the World
2018-10-11   85 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2018-10-11

The Chăm – Gentle and Simple-hearted People, Part 1 of 2

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The Chăm – Gentle and Simple-hearted People, Part 1 of 2

Âu Lạc (Vietnam), with civilizations spanning more than 4,000 years, is rich in beautiful, age-old traditional cultures. This charming land is home to 54ethnic groups who live together harmoniously. One of the most prominent ethnic communities in Âu Lạc, Chăm people also have other names such as Chàm or Champa and they mostly live in Bình Thuận, Ninh Thuận and An Giang Provinces. The Chăm’s ingenuity shows in their different architecture, because they build their houses according to the environment and climate of the region where they reside. The Chăm people are also well known for many traditional handicrafts, especially pottery and brocade weaving.
Cultural Traces Around the World
2018-10-06   87 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2018-10-06

The Virtuous Scholar, Part 3 of 3

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The Virtuous Scholar, Part 3 of 3

Now that you have passed the exam with high honor, I would like to give you some advice. Remember to always be a good man, so that you will enjoy a blessed life later on. I have a souvenir for you. This is a jade ring which has a very special quality. Whoever wears it, no one can lie to you. When someone lies to you, the jade will turn a muddy color. And if you yourself tell lie, the jade ring will fly away forever. Please always be the same great gentleman, as before and after. Although we’re not on the same path, I always be with you. When your time on Earth ends, we will meet again.
Cultural Traces Around the World
2018-09-27   91 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2018-09-27