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Okinawa: Shuri Castle

Before Okinawa was part of Japan, it was its own country with its own distinct culture, language, trade relations and king. Although the Satsuma brought it into Japanese hands in 1609, and despite a close encounter with extinction during the height of World War II, indigenous Okinawans (known as Ryukyuans) have fought to survive, thrive, and maintain their cultural identity. 2,049 more words


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“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God” 542 more words


Close Encounters of the Wild Kind (Part 1 of 6)

You see that cover photo of a girl in a dive suit? That’s me!

I’m honored to share my story about diving in the Tubbataha Reefs… 185 more words

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Popular places to Visit in Nepal: World Cultural heritage site

Being a small landlocked country sandwiched between two great countries (China and India) with an area of 147,181 sq. km, Nepal holds 10 cultural and natural site in UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific Cultural Organization) as ‘World Heritage Sites’. 1,142 more words

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Kumbhalgarh - The Great Wall of India?

Kumbhalgarh Fort: the Great Wall of India?


You’re probably familiar with China’s “great wall,” but did you know there’s another one in India?At almost 4,000 miles long, the Great Wall of China is so massive it can be seen from space. 658 more words


The architecture of Hoysala

The modern interest in the Hoysalas is due to their patronage of art and architecture rather than their military conquests.

The brisk temple building throughout the kingdom was accomplished, despite constant threats from the Pandyas to the south and the Seunas Yadavas to the north  Their architectural style, an offshoot of the western Chalukya style, shows distinct Dravidian influences. 

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Video purportedly shows ISIS destroying ancient Iraqi city of Nimrud

An online militant video purportedly shows ISIS militants hammered, bulldozed and ultimately blew up parts of the ancient Iraqi Assyrian city of Nimrud, destroying a site dating back to the 13th century B.C. 498 more words

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