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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Culture From Around The World Part 1

What is culture? Culture is the way of life of a people and it includes all of the habits, rituals, celebration, and rights. It also includes the food they eat, the clothes they wear, the method and means of preparing such and their reason for doing what they do; in other words culture include the entire way of life of the people. An understanding of ones culture and the culture of another aids to make us cultured, which is: the behaviors and beliefs characteristic of a particular social conduct. So in my effort to contribute to and transform my friend in Bermuda into even more cultured citizens I will take the time to share with you exhibits as is displayed at the Brooklyn Museum. I hope you will share in my experience and quest to be even more cultured.

Ethiopian Karo Damcer
The Ethiopian Karo Dancers still exist today and they still practice their craft. The Karo dancer paint his body as a means of Visual artistic expression. Body art is unique and reflects the personality of the dancer. Karo Dancers sees their body as a Canvas on which to express themselves.

Ethiopian Cross 19th and 20th Century with with the Stars of David

The Bochio, Power Figer from Benin 
The Bochiois a mytical or power figer, Bochios are believed to be very powerful Figers and they are personal tool. It is believed to be used for protection, to harm enemies and to ensure personal success. It is made and kept in secret and only the owner knows of its existance, composition and purpose.

This piece is a 19th Century stool from the Cook Island (Lene) this stool was delicately carved from a single piece of wood and belong to the chief. It is important to note that only the chief sat on an elevated level, the other member of the tribe sat on the ground.
This work of art is from Maracco and it is from the 19th Century it is made from Silver, Coral, Carnelian.

Power Figer from the Republic of Benin

Ancestor Figer from the South Moluccas

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