Shagai, chükö, asyk, ashyk, oshuq... This game has many names and one great love for it unities a lot of generation in Central Asia. According to old legends, Nasreddin Hodja loved to play it. Sultans and merchants, ordinary people and children played it. For the youngest, it was a popular entertainment until the end of the last century, while new technologies did not supplant yard games.
This game is largely known to Europeans as the dice game. Actually, players obtaining the dices are its main condition. And some more precision and good luck is needed. The middle and older people now remember with nostalgia those times when they played chuko bones. Elderly people liked playing it while drinking tea and coffee in old coffee shops. People were playing it also for the game sake. Everyone who became a part of the game should bring their own bones. As a rule, they were made from mutton legs. Depending on the state of the stones, they were divided by their significance: "slatterns" - old and shabby; "simple" - the majority; "siromyaski" - the one where pieces of meat were; "trumps" - painted colored varnish, green or manganese.Photo maxala.org
The lead was drilled and poured into the last one so that during the game those fall on the right side. However, it was equated as fraud. The bigest one was considered the most important one. The bones differed due to the surface. One side of the Chuko Bone was with a pit, the other was convex, the third was plane, and the fourth was with a horn. The player received points depending on which side the Chuko Bone fell. The game, as a rule, was observed by "Chuko Bones authorities" who were the referee in the event of a conflict between players. When they played for money, coins were put under the pits. Photo 7282.kz
The rules depend on the region where the game is played but its main essence is to knock out as many Chuko Bones as possible from a circle or a row. According to other rules, players "shoot" with the main bone, knocking out a certain circle of Chuko Bones while trying not to touch the others. For a successful "shot" the player takes the bone off his own, otherwise the game enters the next participant. The one with more trophies wins. In front of the youngest players, the stones are simply poured out a bunch and they are taken to pluck them under you, and then count, thus learning mathematics. The fun was strongly encouraged. It is believed that it develops an observer and precision.Photo almaty-akshamy.kz
The bones were known to the ancient Egyptians. At first they were used in mystical rituals. With their help, shamans and priests foresaw the future of both individual soldiers and entire nations. The clairvoyants used them in Babylon, Northern Europe, Greece, Persia. Depending on the direction on which the bones fell, mystics interpreted the meaning. Subsequently, the pipes became gambling.
Now Chuko Bons are rarely played. However, in some countries in Central Asia they have become a part of musical string instruments. Even monuments for the Chuko Bones were put in some countries. The authority decided to revive the game and make it commercially in Kyrgyzstan. Typical bags embroidered with national ornaments with a set of ashichki and video tutorials on how to play in the once so popular in the East game now appeared in the souvenir shops of the country.Photo pikabu.ru
Ice cream with a taste of horse meat, pickled insects, fish with deadly venom, etc – Japanese cuisine has things to surprise, amaze and shock you with. And truth be told, enumeration of these dishes doesn’t help my appetite at all. But we are not after exotic stuff. True culinary tourism is an attempt to comprehend mindset and feel national distinctive color through traditional cuisine – not try most exotic dishes.
Stores, shopping malls, markets - all these places are an integral part of daily goings-on of almost every person on our planet. It would seem there is nothing special about them: they are all alike, just goods and prices vary depending on country or city. In fact, it is not quite true since some markets are only accessible via waterways. Our today’s story is about them.
When Bahriddin’s mother was getting ready for work, she was assiduously arranging her hair around her tubeteika. It resulted in some sort of a crown. On holidays she plaited special adornments into her black hair with a tinge of blue. When she walked, they were tinkling slightly to create an aura of a dance. And in evenings little Bahriddin couldn’t fall asleep without holding her tight braid in his hands.
In this day and age, it is difficult to surprise anyone, especially an urban resident, with some large department store or market, since nowadays one can buy everything from a humble convenience store next door. However, the iconic bazaars and flea markets are still operating across the globe, they are famous in legends and described with delight.
The well-known saying goes: east is a delicate matter. All-in-all, it is true as evidenced even by details. Due to specific climate, eastern women have similar type of appearance, and their nations are united by close cultures. Therefore, they prefer the same beauty standards. Women are supposed to be modest, to dress so as to completely or almost completely conceal figure.
Magic dance of a snake in time with flute’s melody often described in Eastern fairy tales and depicted in movies is no fiction but a true symbol of those countries. In Egypt, India, African countries and some other states slithering tribe are tamed to make a spectacular entertainment out of it. Profession of reptile charmers exists there; it is believed to be as nearly as the most amazing on Earth.
What is it that characterizes any nation without much words and long explanations? Dances, of course, because it is these movements, refined over centuries, that can tell a foreigner about other peoples much more than thick history books. If you carefully watch and feel the way people dance in different countries, their mind set will become much more comprehensible. And these aren’t mere words.
Yesterday I created a Universe. I took some peas, rice, buckwheat, millet, black and white pepper seeds and cardamom. Grabbed a handful of coffee and aniseeds. Then it all acquired a centre. It kept growing and calming my thoughts. When the last seed landed in the circle, I felt forgotten harmony again, heard birds singing through the noise of cars on the avenue...
It is said, the easier it is, the better we feel, however, is it always like that? We know that not all the nations follow this principle. OUTLOOK has found out the strangest, toughest and hard in articulation international languages and would like to share it with the readers.
You should not condescendingly treat gastrotours as a newfangled invention. Gastronomic tourism is one of the aspects of world science. Her star, American scientist Eric Wolf, who in 2001 founded the International Association of Gastronomic Tourism, states: food is the quintessence of the nation, its mentality, character and, of course, history ...
On November 18 Director-General of the OUTLOOK Project and a public figure Daria Kariakina participated as an expert in a cross-border project European Values and Cultural Diplomacy: Youth Meetings Ukraine – Georgia.
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Daily life of African tribes may seem bizarre even for the natives of the continent. Only nature and curious travellers dare to met face to face with distinctive local atmosphere and unusual life of ethnic groups residing outside metropolis.
This entertainment is strictly forbidden in almost all countries of the world. But lovers of cockfights do not stop. Partly illegal competitions always gather full halls or courtyards, depending on the fact where the deadly bird fights are. Spectators literally savor the way the birds tear each other to shreds, without showing pity for themselves and their rivals.
“To drag a goat with one’s hands” is a national entertainment of Tajik men however it enjoys huge popularity around Central Asia in the whole. As a rule a couple dozens, sometimes as many as a hundred, skilled and nimble horse riders gather to drag the goat. There is such a throng during the event that people fall off their horses, lose consciousness and even get maimed.
For many years in a row, Ukrainians around the world, by wearing national costumes for work, for a walk around the city or just for photography, celebrate the Vyshyvanka Day. This year, the celebration took place on May 21 and was joined by representatives of foreign embassies accredited in Ukraine.
OUTLOOK studied the brightest Pakistani holidays, because the saying goes for a reason: people live same way they hang out. An amazing game of history. Pakistan appeared on political map relatively short time ago yet one doesn’t have the heart to call it ‘young’ for it is inhabited with heirs of one of the most ancient civilization.
Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia to Ukraine and OUTLOOK project on December 23, 2019 in the creative space "Art Prichal" within the framework of the OUTLOOK WORLD CULTURE FESTIVAL hold FEEL Indonesia special event on December 23, 2019 in the creative space "Art Prichal".
On the initiative of the Ambassador's Spouses Club, Outlook Project organized a culinary workshop on shaping varenyky dumplings from a Ukrainian chef and co-owner of 100 Years Back in Future Ievgen Klopotenko.