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Family traditions and customs of our ancestors
The institution of family was founded in ancient times. At first the families were polygamous, one man had several wives. Polygamy was an absolutely pragmatic motives, many men died in wars, hunting accidents. Over time, family traditions have changed on the European continent is firmly entrenched monogamous marriage. Polygamy prevails today in some primitive tribes of Africa and Asia. In institutional terms it is enshrined in the Muslim religion, although in most countries of the Muslim family have become monogamous.
What family traditions and customs of our ancestors? The first thing to mention is the distribution of roles in the family. For centuries the head of the household was the husband. He took the most important decision was the provider and the undisputed authority for his wife and children. The woman was a mother and homemaker, she was treated with respect, her husband trusted her with the upbringing of children. the management of the home. Although the full equality of men and women to talk in those days was not necessary. Children family tradition has prescribed obedience to parents, especially the father, were for them an absolute authority.
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Japanese cuisine – is a special art to create still life on the plate, the ability to make and present a dish. Japanese food is simple, and the chef is committed to the appearance and taste of food as possible to preserve the original properties of the product. Cooking raw fish, for example, is often limited by the skillful cutting of it into slices and beautiful location it on the platter.
The basis of Japanese cuisine is based on plant foods, vegetables, rice, fish, all kinds of products shipped by sea, as well as beef, pork, lamb and poultry.
A favorite product of Japanese people from long ago is rice. Usually when cooked, not salted, so it is served spicy-salty or spicy-sweet seasoning. One of the most famous dishes in the world was the Japanese dish “sushi”, little rolls of nori (dried seaweed) stuffed with rice with toppings. From vegetables the most widely cabbage, cucumbers, radishes, turnips, eggplants, potatoes, soybeans.
Numerous national dishes prepared from seafood: shellfish, squid, octopus, crabs, shrimp, marine algae, including seaweed.
Widespread in Japan have received, and legumes (tofu and miso).
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Alcohol is a longtime enemy South Korea, and the level of alcoholism in the country takes the 7th place in the world. Korean drinking has its own characteristics. Almost all working Koreans once a month, and many every weekend, arrange with your colleagues feast, accompanied by copious libations.
Such events are called haesik (“hoesik”) and during these feasts required to comply with many rules. For example, if the elder is pouring the drink, the younger must necessarily hold a glass with both hands. If the Junior pours the senior, then the bottle should also hold on with both hands. One hand can be used only to pensioners and people, exposure power. Toast during the “hoesik” follow one another, and to drink all necessarily.
Because such traditions “corporate culture” South Korea is the 13th largest in the world in alcohol consumption per capita, and in terms of pure alcohol per citizen per year accounts for almost 15 L. Among Asian countries is an absolute record.
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The Tanabata festival — one of the most romantic in Japan. It is celebrated on the seventh day of the seventh month — that is, 7 July in the Gregorian calendar. According to the legend, on this day only two lovers, separated on the sky the Milky way, can meet and spend time together.
The basis of the Tanabata festival is an ancient legend about a beautiful girl named Orihime, the daughter of the God of the Firmament. All day did she that wove the cloud — the heavenly clothing of his divine father. But one day she saw a young man named Kibokoni that led to about a bull. And, of course, immediately fell in love. The feeling captured Orihime so much that she forgot about his work. After the wedding, the couple neglected their case: loom stood idle, and the bull wandered aimlessly through the vast Plains of High Heaven. Found out about it, the God of the Firmament became angry and commanded that the lovers have separated, and not just so, and the Heavenly River, i.e. Milky Way. And only once a year, on the seventh day of the seventh month, the lovers can meet. Help them to magpies: connecting your wings, they form a living bridge over which Orihime and Kibokoni can pass to each other and to spend some time together.
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For the first time in about 40 years the Catholic Church in South Korea began to teach seminarians, who will serve as priests in North Korea, a country that is often criticized U.S. and international organizations for the oppression of believers.
“We cannot say that North Korea wants us to do. But we do it with hope for the future, when the two parts of the country will unite,” he said in an interview with Monsignor Matthew Hwang In-Kook, Episcopal vicar of the diocese of Pyongyang.
Catholic priest are not allowed to be on a permanent basis in North Korea, the country, the Catholic community which before the war, 1950-53 had about 55 000 believers.
The first five seminarians, who should be the clergy of the Pyongyang diocese, started training last week. According to Mons. Hwang, a small group of new students will be recruited each year.
Their preparation will take about 10 years, but then they may not be allowed to the North.
Clerics from the South and occasionally come to the DPRK, most often, they accompany the cargo of humanitarian aid or oversee the launching of charitable projects. According to some, one South Korean priest was able to conduct mass in Pyongyang on the day of death of Pope John Paul II.
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