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Showing posts with label cultural diversity. Show all posts
Showing posts with label cultural diversity. Show all posts

18 September 2017

Texas Cultural Diversity: The Czech Culture of Texas | hubpages.com

Texas is a huge state with a lot of history and color. Many are familiar with the flavor of this great state and often write very interesting articles about the different cities, like this one written by fellow freelance writer Wesman Todd Shaw.

Texas USA is also a place of HUGE ethnic and cultural diversity. ... »


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Texas Round Up 
~ My Blog Posts About Texas















Cmoneyspinner's HomeBiz Projects's board ALL THINGS TEXAS! on Pinterest







30 August 2017

#OlympicPeace : The Olympics is Proof of Peace in Diversity

Doves have come to be known as a recognized universal symbol for peace in many cultures.  




The releasing of doves was done first at the 1896 Olympics held in Athens, Greece


It was only fitting that the 100th Anniversary of this tradition be highlighted at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, GA, USA.  Atlanta, as most students of American history know, was the Confederate Center in Georgia where several engagements of the Civil War were fought.  But that was the 60s (1861-65).  


One decade, we’re fighting like cats and dogs with each other, hooping and hollering about secession; and just 30 years later we are off to Greece, and the United States, emphasis on the word “united” was representing!  


Because, in the end, all that we all really do want is … world peace. 



World Peace Through the Olympic Games Atlanta, c.1996
World Peace… Patricia Cajiga 22 in. x 34 in. Allposters.com
















26 June 2017

What Does Shivat Haminim Mean?

Found this precious gem shared by a fellow freelance writer at HUBPages.com, an online writing community where many of the writers are experts or have such a passion that they speak with such thorough knowledge on a subject that you would dub them an "authority" on the matter.

"For the LORD thy God bringeth thee into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and depths, springing forth in valleys and hills; a land of wheat and barley, and vines and fig-trees and pomegranates; a land of olive-trees and honey;" (Deuteronomy 8:7-8)

The fruits and grains mentioned in this scripture are called the seven species (shivat haminim). In Israel, they have special status.

Seven Species. Fruits and Vegetables of Holy Land

As many times as I have read this scripture, it's now seen in a new light. That's one of the joys of reading the Bible. Sacred mysteries are constantly revealed.


Seven Species of the Land of Israel
Seven Species of the Land of Israel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



25 May 2017

Jazz, America's Original Art Form ~ Cool Finds Around the Web (and Gift Shopping for Jazz Lovers)

"Jazz does not belong to one race or culture, but is a gift that America has given the world."
- Ahmad Alaadeen








Browse additional posters and prints from zazzle.com.
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19 November 2016

November is Native American Heritage Month / myLot

November is Native American Heritage Month, but my honor and respect for our nation's first peoples is something that I am mindful of all the time.  Although I know next to nothing about my own Native American heritage since I was raised as a Negro/Colored/Black American, it's a part of my DNA that can not be denied.  By the time we became African-Americans, I was an adult. :)  
 


Image credit: Hand drawn native american dream catcher, beads and feathers
© Photographer: Bluelela | Agency: Dreamstime.com



https://www.pinterest.com/cmoneyspinner/native-americans/
Pinterest is a wonderful invention for organizing and collecting topics of specific interest.  To try to learn more about Native Americans and their contributions, I created a pinboard and started gathering information.  Been collecting for a several years.




Additionally, for 2016, shared my thoughts about the celebration of the contributions of the first nations to the history of America and the building of this nation at myLot.com:


http://www.mylot.com/post/2997150/november-is-native-american-heritage-month


Adding on to these thoughts, opinions and perspectives published at myLot with my other remarks and comments shared elsewhere on the web.  May I say that in my attempt to find information about Native American heritage on the Internet, I found a lot of current events that are not pretty!  Sharing the info because you can't say you appreciate the contributions of a people and then turn a blind eye to events that are adversely impacting those people.  Nevertheless, tried to find something positive and came across some wonderful art on Google Plus shared by Manuel Caycedo.  Going to end this post by re-sharing some gems plucked from his G+ posts stream.  


Happy Native American Heritage Month
and God Bless America!










“...  The horse was brought to the Native Americans by way of the Spanish Conquistadores. Horses completely changed the way of life for the American Indians. ...”  The Comanches learned how to use horses so well ... read the rest of the story.

Please Don't Shoot the Horses Ever Again! - Daily Two Cents









Interesting Fact and Observation:
"Currently there are 562 tribal governments in the United States recognized by the federal government. Each tribe can form its own government and enforces its own laws, establishes its own taxes and regulates its own activities." That's interesting. So if this can be accomplished in America, other countries with tribal communities ( "Afghanistan's tribal groups" http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/1658073.stm ) should just copy the Native Americans. Sounds easy enough! _ _ _ APOLOGIES!!! The quote was extracted from an article published via YAHOO Voices. That site shut down and the article shared was unpublished. UPDATE: November 3, 2014














13 May 2016

The Story of Qu Yuan and the Duan Wu (Dragon Boat) Festival

My interest in this Chinese poet was sparked by a discussion initiated at myLot.com about the Dragon Boat Festival.

May is Asian-American Heritage Month in America.  

Even though Qu Yuan is not a notable Asian-American, it is a time to honor Asian culture along with the history and roots of this country's Asia-American citizens.  This event is celebrated around the United States.  Specifically, this 2,000-year-old Chinese festival has been celebrated for 18 years in Austin, Texas.

"Dragon Boat Festival is celebrated on the 5th day of the 5th month. But that's not May 5th. This holiday is calculated according to the lunar calendar. ... The Chinese name of this holiday is Duan Wu Jie 端午节 or 'Double Five Holiday.' ..."  Read more.

Dragon Boat Festival






01 November 2015

Native American Contemporary Artist: Tony Abeyta

Tony Abeyta
Native American Painter; Born 1965


Original paintings are in public art galleries worldwide and American museums, such as the National Museum of the American Indian, Washington D.C./New York City.


Tony Abeyta is of Navajo and Anglo-American descent, the son of the late Navajo painter Ha-So-De (Narciso Abeyta). He was raised in Gallup, New Mexico, a small town surrounded by the Zuni (Pueblo Native Americans) and Navajo reservation. Pursuing his educational aspirations provided him an opportunity to travel. He has studied at art institutions in Baltimore, Chicago, Maine, New York, France and Italy. Though much of his work is rooted in a complex Navajo culture, it also displays elements of a progressive cultural experience.


"I try to diversify as an artist and there are certainly many directions I take as a painter." - Tony Abeyta


Tony Abeyta is accepted as one of the finest young contemporary painters today, as well as one of the most innovative Native American artists of his generation. I. For further biographical information, click on the link to above to his official website or the links supplied below:
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http://bit.ly/2lCAhkM




Native American Contemporary Artist: Dan Namingha

Dan Namingha
Native American Painter/Sculptor; Born 1950 -



To work around the traditional art system, i.e. non-recognition of Native American artists, Namingha opened his own gallery. Niman Fine Art is a family-owned and operated gallery representing the works of internationally known artist Dan Namingha and other Namingha family members. His original works are also available at art galleries worldwide; for example, Artnet Galleries.


From the Tewa-Hopi tribe, Dan Namingha was born on the Hopi reservation in Keams Canyon, Arizona. In 2009, Dan Namingha received an Honorary Doctorate from the Institute of American Indian Arts. Like most artists, from very young (2nd grade) his artistic abilities provided him an avenue of creative expression. His work shows the influence of his Hopi background but his sculptures also incorporate cubism. Links to additional bio notes:

"I see myself as a kind of bridge between worlds, trying to find that center line of balance." - Dan Namingha


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http://bit.ly/2lWw6eV






Native American Contemporary Artist: Kevin Red Star

November is Native American Heritage Month in the United States of America.

3-part blog post. Spotlight on three Native American artists of Crow, Hopi and Navajo descent, who share the art resulting from their culture and traditions with the world.

"What started at the turn of the century as an effort to gain a day of recognition for the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the U.S., has resulted in a whole month being designated for that purpose." - Quote Source: Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior


In 1990, President George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution which designated November as "National American Indian Heritage Month". Below are profiles of three Native American artists whose persistent and diligent efforts have introduced the contemporary art of descendants of the first Americans to an international audience.


Kevin Red Star
Native American Painter; Born 1943 -




Crow Husband and Wife


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Kevin Red Star is a celebrated artist who is internationally known. He was born on the Crow Indian Reservation in Lodge Grass, Montana. He is the recipient of 2 Honorary Doctorate degrees. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Fine Art from the Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana in 1997; and an Honorary Doctorate Degree from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 2010.


"Indian culture has in the past been ignored to a great extent." -- Kevin Red Star


Well thanks to his efforts and that of many others who support the preservation of our Native American history, culture and heritage, it will be ignored no longer. Red Star's work can be found in numerous important museum collections, including but not limited to The Smithsonian Institution - National Museum of the American Indian.






08 February 2015

Can an Ethiopian Change His Skin ...?

An insult that is not understood is a pointless insult.

Would you believe there is such as thing as a random insult generator? Played with the generator at The Insult Project and decided to copy this one below for my blog post.


People don't dislike you because you're revolting. I mean you are astonishingly revolting, that's just not why people dislike you.”

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Was watching a Denzel Washington movie and there was a brief intense exchange of words between Mr. Washington's character and another character who was playing a support role. Possibly not the exact quote but the character scoffs and says: “You better watch out or I just might call you an Ethiopian!” Mr. Washington's character's defensive reaction and response was: “You know you're probably stupid enough to think that's an insult!”


Huh? What?? (???) Didn't get it! My limited exposure to Ethiopia and experience with Ethiopians left a void in my mind. Could not comprehend the meaning of the dialogue at all. (O.o) Dismissed it and finished watching the movie, The Siege.


Was doing research about one of the Jewish prophets in the Old Testament and came across this scripture:


Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard his spots? Then may you also do good who are accustomed to do evil.”

(Jeremiah 13: 23)


Let's place this quote in context.

  • Which Ethiopia are we talking about??


There is a modern day Ethiopia and there is an Ethiopia which is a land that existed during ancient times. Since it's a scriptural reference, we're going to go with the latter.


Modern Ethiopia is located in the horn of East Africa. Ancient Ethiopia, also known as Cush, was located to the south of Egypt. Cush is the Hebrew name. Ethiopia is the Greek name. (FYI. The Egypt in the Bible and the nation that exists today are both the same.)


Ethiopia translated into English mean “burnt face”. The Ethiopian people we see today are known for their smooth beautiful practically flawless chocolate brown skin. There's no reason why a talented photographer couldn't make a small fortune traversing the country taking pictures of the “humans of Ethiopia”. Evidently, the people who lived in the land called Ethiopia, the in the Bible, also had really nice skin!


So!! Uuuhhh … back to square one! My brain is still registering blanks!


Imagine you get into a heated argument with someone.

The person snarls at you angrily and warns:
“You better get out of my face! You … you … you Ethiopian!!” 

You puff up with righteous indignation and shout back:
“Yeah! That's right! I got nice skin!! HATER!!”


(??) Where would this argument go?? (??)



There is a famous world-class chef from Ethiopia. There was a young woman, born in Ethiopia, who was crowned Miss Israel in a beauty pageant. Madonna adopted a baby or babies from Ethiopia. (That's what I heard.)


Opening this topic up for discussion hoping someone can shed some light on it.

WHY would it be an insult

 to call someone an Ethiopian?






20 January 2015

What is a Universal Language of Light?

What is a Universal Language of Light?

Sharing a link to an article written by fellow freelance writer



  • Quote extracted from the article: “Modern research confirms the most ancient form of Hebrew to be a natural language; the alphabetic forms emerging from the phosphate flare patterns of the brain.”
 
The Tower of Babel, c.1563 This is my first time learning, hearing or reading about a “Universal Language of Light”. The research results do make you wonder. However, I am convinced that God invented all human languages because I believe the biblical account of the tower of Babel. If Genesis 11 is true , then any human language is a “language of The Light”.

  • The article also contains an interesting question: “Is DNA the next Internet?”
It seems that Russian scientists have made some claims. Next? I’m not trying to split hairs or “strain at a gnat and swallow a camel”, but DNA was here first! Just sayin’. This article is fascinating!!

Image Credit: The Tower of Babel, c.1563 Pieter Bruegel…Art Print Allposters.com
Love in 44 Languages



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The Universal Language of Light

Some call it the Language of Consciousness or the living language of light. Many people worldwide are now re-discovering this ancient Language that lies at the heart of so many spiritual traditions. Modern research confirms the most ancient form of Hebrew to be a natural language; the alphabetic forms emerging from the phosphate flare patterns of the brain.





14 January 2015

The Welcoming Culture of the Bedouin Peoples

Bedouin tribes have a central welcoming culture that is very open to visitors. They use this welcoming of guests to show their respect to God and welcome people into their homes through the uses of tea and coffee.
 
The Welcoming Culture of the Bedouin Peoples  By Brian J Thomas
» Read on »

Coffee Time
 Traditional Bedouin melodies. 

Brewing Coffee Outside a Bedouin Tent, Sinai, Egypt, North Africa, Africa
Brewing Coffee Outside a Bedouin Tent, Sinai, Egypt, North Africa, Africa ~ Nico Tondini ~ Allposters.com

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24 December 2014

What Do Muslims Believe About Angels?

Many of us in Western civilizations have somewhat of a familiarity with what the Bible teaches about angels, such as the scene depicted in the image below of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane.  But what do Muslims believe?

“Belief in angels is one of the six articles of faith in Islam, and all Muslims must accept their existence. The Qur’an emphasizes this in the following verse: 'The Messenger believes in what has been revealed to him from his Lord, and so do the believers. All believe in Allah, His Angels, His Books and His Messengers.' (Qur’an 2:285). Although angels are part of the unseen and therefore mysterious, the Qur’an and hadith offer some insight into the creation of angels, their attributes, and their purpose."  (Quote Source: via What Do Muslims Believe About Angels? | suite.io)
  • Learn the basic teachings of Islam regarding angels, their creation, and their attributes.

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  • What Are Angels?

  • Why Were Angels Created?

  • How Many Angels Are There? Where Do Angels Live?

  • What Do Angels Look Like? Do Angels Have Wings?

  • How Big Are Angels?

  • Are Angels Male or Female?

  • Angels Can Take the Form of Humans


* * More Reading on Islamic Beliefs

If you enjoyed this article, you might also like:
  • Angels in Islam (Al-Malaikah) – Learn the names and duties of angels mentioned in the Qur’an and Hadith.
  • What Do Muslims Believe? – An overview of the basic beliefs of Muslims, also called the six articles of faith.
  • Satan in Islam Compared to Satan in Christianity – Learn how Muslims’ belief about the devil differs from that of Christians.

* Muslims invoke Allah’s blessings on the Prophet Muhammad whenever his name is mentioned.
All articles were written by Christine Benlafquih, a Morocco-based writer who covers varied topics including religion, food, health and culture.


**BLOG PUBLISHER’S COMMENT: 
I used to contribute articles to this site and like to share contributions made by fellow freelance writers such as this one. Writers for Suite101.com are often professionals who publish articles on a wide range of topics from current political issues to ancient history, health, food, entertainment, religion and more. It takes no effort to search the database and find articles on just about anything.  Info extracted from the Suite.io articles can likely be found at this site:  Islam Religion - Articles



Image Credit:
Carl Heinrich Bloch: Angel comforts Jesus before his arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane
Source: Wikimedia Commons


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( #giftabook - Public libraries often operate on limited budgets. If you purchase a book, after reading it, please consider donating to your local library.)

“… the fruit of 16 years of research in Talmudic, gnostic, cabalistic, apocalyptic, patristic, and legendary texts. …”


What Do Muslims Believe?: The Roots and Realities of Modern Islam



(NOTE:  Previously posted at cmoneyspinner.wordpress.com, Dec 3, 2013.)

15 December 2014

Chinese New Year Symbols of Prosperity

Chinese New Year 2015 is February 19th.

(Post updated.)

  • Chinese New Year 2016 is February 8th.

  • Chinese New Year 2017 is January 28th.


Flowers are an important part of the decorations for the Chinese New Year celebration. The plum blossoms (image below) and water narcissus are two of the most popular flower symbols of prosperity. Plum blossom is the national flower of The Republic of China. Water narcissus is used to symbolize good luck, fortune, prosperity. There are other flowers associated with the New Year: chrysanthemum, sunflower, pussy willow, and red azalea. Learn what they represent in Chinese culture and tradition. Read more.

Chinese New Year Symbols

plum blossoms

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That's Perfect® Chinese Good Fortune 18"x18" Decorative Silk Throw Pillow Cover