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Ethiopia

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Zip Facts about Ethiopia:

  • Ethiopia is the only country in Africa with its own alphabet which consists of 209 symbols and 25 letter variants
  • Ethiopia is Africa’s oldest independent country. Its capital, Addis Ababa, means “new flower” in Amharic
  • Ethiopians mark time in a slightly different way than most of the world, they are the only country that follow the Julian calendar, 12 months of 30 days and a 13th month of 5 or 6 days, and roughly 7.5 years behind the Gregorian calendar. Time is measured from when the sun rises, so 6 am would be 12 o’clock, and noon and midnight are 6:00 in Ethiopia
  • Only two nations in the world have never been colonized, Russia and Ethiopia. Ethiopia was briefly occupied by Italy from 1936 to 1941
  • Coffee was discovered in the Kaffa region of Ethiopia

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Desta Hagos, the first Ethiopian woman to have a solo art exhibition

http://www.afroriche.com/?p=2647

Link to Recipe: https://theworldfrommykitchen.wordpress.com/ethiopia/

Link to Map:  https://theworldfrommykitchen.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/recipemap-africa.pdf

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Eritrea

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Zip Facts about Eritrea:

  • The People’s Front for Democracy and Justice is the only political party in Eritrea, elections have been scheduled and cancelled on a regular basis but none have ever taken place
  • Eritrea dedicated an entire uninhabited coastline of its Dahlak islands as a reserve for wildlife and pearl production
  • Eritrea, which means red and was named for the Red Sea, joined Ethiopia politically in 1951, was annexed in 1962, and gained its independence from Ethiopia in 1993. It has a very rich history, ranking second in Africa (after Egypt) with the most archeological treasures
  • Except for the Kunama lowland group, all ethic Eritrean cultures are patrilineal, the man is the public decision maker, and sons inherit in family possessions. Marriages are monogamous and mainly arranged by contract, involving a dowry
  • Traditional foods are eaten without using silverware and with the right hand only, the left is considered to be tainted

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Michael Adonai, “The Crescent Moon”

http://michaeladonai.net/art/

Link to Recipe: http://theworldfrommykitchen.wordpress.com/eritrea/

Link to Map:  https://theworldfrommykitchen.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/recipemap-africa.pdf

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Iraq

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Zip Facts about Iraq:

  • Arabs in Iraq have names which start with their first name, followed by their father’s name, their paternal grandfather’s name, and lastly their family name. Women normally do not take their husband’s name
  • “The Thousand and One Nights”, a collection of Arab folk tales from Iraq which includes the famous stories of “The Voyage of Sinbad the Sailor”, “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves”, and Aladdin and the Magic Lamp”. tells of Scheherazade who marries a king who had disposed of his previous wives. To stay alive, she tells him a story each night for 1001 nights, leaving the ends as cliffhangers
  • The meat in an Iraqi meal is commonly sheep or goat, and includes organ meat, along with the feet, eyes, and ears.   The main meal may start with an appetizer, such as kebabs, and end with a salad and khubaz (a buttered flat wheat bread)
  • Iraq is the purported birthplace of Abraham and Isaac’s wife Rebekah and the site of the biblical Garden of Eden
  • Traditional marriages are still arranged, although urban couples prefer to find their own spouse. In about half of the cases, preference is given to first and second cousins

Iraq wasimaWasima Al-Agha (a thought-provoking depiction of Iraqi women)

http://www.arthistoryarchive.com/arthistory/contemporary/Iraqi-Art.html

Link to Recipe:  https://theworldfrommykitchen.wordpress.com/iraq/

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Oman

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Zip Facts about Oman:

  • Oman is an inherited absolute monarchy, the sultan and prime minister is the chief of state and the head of government
  • The Omani deserts seem to be a magnet for meteorites falling to earth, especially from Mars
  • Even though the Sultanate of Oman joined the United Nations in 1971, the government did not allow tourists to enter the country until the 1900s
  • Oman is famous for the shrub, Myrtus communis (yas), the leaves of which are often used to create perfume.
  • The hirz is a necklace worn by Omani women for protection and for holding verses from the Koran

Oman work-in-the-beauty-of-civilization-p1-mask9Raya Saleh Al Manji

http://www.ethnicadornment.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/IR80c-muslim-amulet-hirz-ne.jpg

Link to Recipe:  https://theworldfrommykitchen.wordpress.com/oman/


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Seychelles

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Zip Facts about Seychelles:

  • Seychelles is an archipelago nation with 155 islands, the largest is Aldabra Atoll, not the main island of Mahe.  The granite islands are the oldest in the world
  • Aldabra, a group of Seychelles islands boasts the largest raised coral atoll, the largest population of giant tortoises, the White-Throated Rail. the only flightless bird in the Indian Ocean, and the largest percentage of land mass for a nature reserve
  • Seychelles is predominantly Roman Catholic, has a matriarchal society, and Creole is spoken by over 90% of its inhabitants
  • The national motto of Seychelles,  the smallest country in Africa, is “The end crowns the work” or my interpretation, good work yields good results
  • The world’s largest nut and heaviest seed is produced by one of the oldest palm trees, coco de mer, unique to Seychelles.  They have been estimated to live well over 1000 years, their seeds take 2 years to germinate, and from flower to fruit can take up to 10 years to mature

Seychelles HarterChristine Harter

http://www.timotca.org/art/Seychelles.html

Link to Recipe: https://theworldfrommykitchen.wordpress.com/seychelles/

Link to Map:  https://theworldfrommykitchen.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/map-of-africa.pdf

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Suriname

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Zip Facts about Suriname: 

  • Suriname was formerly known as Nederlands Guyana, Netherlands Guiana or Dutch Guiana, but before then, it was inhabited by Native Americans around 3000 B.C.
  • A synagogue and a mosque sit side by side in the center of the capital city, Paramaribo.
  • Until they are 30, the Surinamese “adults” need written permission from their parents to get married.
  • Suriname is an incredibly “green” country, even the recycling company recycles.   It also has some of the tastiest and purest drinking water.
  • The Cathedral of St Peter and Paul, which is over a hundred years old, was originally a theater.

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Lob Makandra – George Struikelblok
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Link to Recipe:  https://theworldfrommykitchen.wordpress.com/suriname/

Link to Map:   https://theworldfrommykitchen.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/recipemap-southamerica.pdf

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Syria

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Zip Facts about Syria:

  • Damascus, the capital city of Syria, is the oldest continuously inhabited community in the world, for over four thousand years, and part of the Fertile Crest.  It was originally known as the city of Jasmine
  • It was on the road to this city that St. Paul had his vision which led to his conversion
  • A popular Syrian dish is tabbouleh, which is made from bulgur, tomato, onion, parsley, and mint
  • The Syrian goddess Atargatis became a mermaid after accidentally killing a shepherd she loved. This became one of the first stories of the half woman-half fish creatures
  • Pet hamsters are all descendants of the Golden (Syrian) hamster found there in 1930

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Family – Fateh Moudarres (1922-1999)

http://www.christies.com/lotfinder/paintings/fateh-moudarres-family-5546347-details.aspx

Link to Recipe:  https://theworldfrommykitchen.wordpress.com/syria/

Link to Map:   https://theworldfrommykitchen.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/recipemap-middleeast.pdf

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