FirstLook: State Highway 37, near Orchha, Madhya Pradesh, Central India

FirstLook: State Highway 37, near Orchha, Madhya Pradesh, Central India

State Highway 37, near Orchha, Madhya Pradesh, Central India

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The Amazigh Adventures of Le Petit Prince

The Amazigh Adventures of Le Petit Prince

One of the world's most beloved children's stories, The Little Prince – as it is titled in English – resonates especially in Morocco among Amazigh, or Berber, children and not just for its familiar desert setting. As one translator explains, "The plot has many similarities to our Amazigh oral tales."
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Tarab and the Art of Music

Tarab and the Art of Music

Beyond virtuosity, Arab musical esthetics enjoin musicians to elicit an emotionally charged and frequently interactive relationship between musician and audience called tarab, using instruments from voices and hands to woodwinds, strings and percussion.
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12 Things Twitter Won’t Tell You About Zodiacs

12 Things Twitter Won’t Tell You About Zodiacs

Should the 13th constellation of the zodiac matter to you? (It’s named Ophiuchus, and Babylonians wondered about it just as much as everyone who argues the point now on social media.)
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Arab Translators of Egypt’s Hieroglyphs

Arab Translators of Egypt’s Hieroglyphs

The translation of hieroglyphs in 1822 culminated more than 1,000 years of efforts by Romans, Arabs and Europeans. Insights from 10th-century Assyrian scholar Ibn Wahshiyya al-Nabati helped build the understanding that the Egyptian symbols worked in three distinct ways.
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Kanga’s Woven Voices

Kanga’s Woven Voices

Skirt, scarf, or both; sling for a child, basket for shopping, or both; bought to honor a special occasion, to give as a gift, or just to feel good tomorrow; its distinctive, one-line jina a proverb, a plea, a proclamation or a sunny burst of whimsy; above all, a social statement on a colorful cotton cloth. From rural villages to city streets, women and girls along East Africa’s coast do more than wear the popular rectangular kanga: They weave it into life, from birth to death, a “social medium” worn, traded and treasured, for designs, messages and memories.
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