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What are cultures? Cultures are the way of life of different ethnic groups or nationalities. Facets can include food, dress, traditional behaviours or rituals, religion and beliefs, language and societal structures. Travel gives one the opportunity the experience and learn about different cultures, however living in countries other than one's own as I do, gives the opportunity for deeper immersion and a greater empathy and understanding. These photographs try to convey that.
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First Published: 20140915
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1. Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu. One of the highlights of any visit to Kathmandu is Boudhanath Stupa, the largest stupa in Nepal. A UNESCO World Heritage site, it is dominated by the eyes of Buddha, peering in all 4 directions. Festooned with prayer flags, it is a photographers delight.
2. Courtyard of the Lions at the Alhambra. Known as the best example of Moorish architecture to be seen today, the Alhambra was home to the Moorish rulers of southern Spain in the 14th and 15th centuries. It is a vast palace and fort complex strategically located on a hill-top promontory overlooking the Darro River and present day Granada, that was declared a national monument in 1870.
3. Guide explaining Punakha Dzong in Bhutan. Dzongs are high-walled fortresses with central courtyards that serve as both monasteries and an administrative centre in Bhutan. Punakha dzong is between the Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers where they meet. One of the most spectacular dzongs in Bhutan, it was built 1637 by the Zhabdrung. The dzong has white walls have brown and terracotta trim.
4. Monk in Punakha Dzong doorway. Dzongs are high-walled fortresses with central courtyards that serve as both monasteries and an administrative centre in Bhutan. Punakha dzong is between the Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers where they meet. One of the most spectacular dzongs in Bhutan, it was built 1637 by the Zhabdrung. The dzong has white walls have brown and terracotta trim.
5. Prayer wheel at Paro Dzong. Paro is the first town most people visiting Bhutan see as it is where the international airport is located. It is a small valley town with Paro Dzong and the Watchtower turned National Museum looking down on it. Dzongs are high-walled fortresses with central courtyards that serve as both monasteries and an administrative centre, in Bhutan. Paro is best known as the stepping off point for Tiger's Nest Monastery, Bhutan's number one attraction.
6. Berber playing music. At Kasbah Amerdihl in the High Atlas Mountain foothills at Skoura, the Berber caretaker served mint tea then proceeded to entertain everyone with the playing of some traditional music.
7. Mosque minaret. A minaret of the Hassan II mosque in Casablanca. It is one of only two mosques in Morocco that non-Muslims can enter.
8. Prayer flags blowing in the wind. In Thimphu, Bhutans capital, a Weekend Market, which includes a produce- food section and a handicraft section, is held. These two sections are connected by a traditional wooden bridge adorned in prayer flags.
9. Elderly women with prayer wheel. In Thimphu, Bhutans capital, is the National Memorial Chorten, centred around a Tibetan-style stupa. This site is visited by many Bhutanese as it is considered an auspicious place.
10. Buddhist statue at Swayambhunath or Monkey Temple. Swayambhunath, commonly known as the Monkey Temple is a sacred Buddhist pilgrimage site that is also revered by the Hindus. It is located on a hill in Kathmandu, Nepal with the most spectacular approach being via the long staircase, supposedly 365 stairs. The central stupa is surrounded by shrines and temples.
11. Banteay Srey temple north of Siem Reap. Banteay Srey is 38 km north of Siem Reap, north of the main temple complexes. Although small, its attractive pink sandstone is covered with intricate carvings that are excellent examples of classical Khmer art.
12. Angkor Wat temple through statue. Angkor Wat is the best known of the many ancient temples around Siem Reap in Cambodia. Built in the 12th century and surrounded by a moat, the well-preserved temple at the centre of Angkor Wat with its 5 lotus-like towers has contributed to the UNESCO World Heritage site listing of the temple complexes of the area.
13. Ait Benhaddou kasbah. A World Heritage site, the kasbah of Ait Banhaddou in Morocco has been used in a number of films including Lawrence of Arabia, Jewel of the Nile, Gladiator and Alexander.
14. Traditional Moroccan fountain. Traditionally each area in a Moroccan medina has included a fountain, which is the water source for the surrounding houses. In each area is also an oven, a hamman, a school and a mosque. This fountain is in the Rabat medina.
15. Moroccan teapot on table. This pot of traditional mint tea is on the rooftop terrace of Riad Azama, a restored 19th century house with a central courtyard, wood ceiling and carved plasterwork located in Azemmour, Morocco.
16. Traditionally dressed Burmese woman with baskets on their back. These traditionally dressed women are at the Nampan market on Inle Lake in Burma. Inle Lake is the second largest lake in Myanmar with an area of 116 square kilometres. The market sells vegetables, fish, fruit, handicrafts and much more.
17. A Tuareg desert nomad. Mali is a mixture of many different tribal groups that each have their own traditions. This Tuareg desert nomad, with the traditional blue scarf, lives near Timbuktu on the southern edge of the Sahara Desert. Hanging from his neck is a Tuareg purse or wallet, where they keep money and other valuables.
18. Traditional Newari window in Nepal. Located on the top of a hill, just 5 kilometres from the centre of Kathmandu, Kirtipur is a world away. It is an ancient town that could be 1000 years old that features, religion, culture and tradition particularly of the Newari people. This includes the ornately carved window frames that typify Newari buildings, temples and carved stone statues and shrines.
19. Handle and detail of a traditional metal door. Located on the highest point in Morocco's capital, Rabat,Hassan Tower is all that remains of a mosque being built in late 1100s with the Mausoleum Mohammed V being begun in 1961. The latter provides an opportunity to see exquisite craftsmanship in stucco, zellij and painted cedar wood.This shows details of a mausoleum door.
20. Traditional bread baking in a communal oven. Traditonal Moroccan towns have a communal oven where people bring the bread (and other goods) that have been prepared at home, to be cooked. This one is in Moulay Idriss.
21. West African Fulani or Peul woman. Mali is a mixture of many different tribal groups that each have their own traditions. The Fulani women, of which one is showed here, traditionally wear large gold-colored era rings and have a black ring tattooed around their mouths to show that they are married.
22. Fijian men dancing. This traditional Fijian dance performance was in the capital, Suva.
23. Bahia Palace wall tiling. Built in the late 1800s, the Bahia Palace in Marrakesh is a vast complex with many examples of traditional Moroccan craftmanship. This photo shows the finely detailed, hand painting of the ceiling cedar beams in one room.
24. Dogon village elder. The Dogon people who live in southern Mali at the foot of the Bandigara Escarpment in traditional earthen villages. Theirs is a life of ancient traditions merged with Islam or Christianity. A Komikani village elder sits outside the meeting house in this Dogon village.
25. Inside Gobi Desert tourist ger. Traditional Mongolian tents called gers, are used in many places in Mongolia as tourist accommodation.
26. Dogon village. The Dogon people who live in southern Mali at the foot of the Bandigara Escarpment in traditional earthen villages. Theirs is a life of ancient traditions merged with Islam or Christianity. This is the village of Ireli.
27. Thangkas for sale in Bhaktapur. Thangkas are traditional Tibetan paintings with these depicting a mandela. Symbolism and allusion are important in the interpretation of thangkas. There is a large Thanka painting community in Bhaktapur, 30 kilometres from Kathmandu.
28. Carved stone figures on a door lintel. Located on the top of a hill, just 5 kilometres from the centre of Kathmandu, Kirtipur is a world away. It is an ancient town that could be 1000 years old that features, religion, culture and tradition particularly of the Newari people. This includes the ornately carved window frames that typify Newari buildings, temples and carved stone statues and shrines.
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