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Tap Dancing by Fotopoulou Sophia

Gregory Hines

Tap Dancing was created from combining elements of African drumming and dancing with the techniques of European clog and step dancing. The unique rhythms of jazz music distinguish American tap dance from all other kinds of dancing based on percussive footwork.

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Thangka paintings by Lobsan Payat

Thangka - The Sacred Buddhist Paintings - Picture by Bodhnath

A thangka is a Buddhist religious painting. It is a complicated, composite three-dimensional object consisting of: a picture panel which is painted or embroidered, a textile mounting; and one or more of the following: a silk cover, leather corners, wooden dowels at the top and bottom and metal or wooden decorative knobs on the bottom dowel. Thangkas play an important role in Buddhist rituals by providing support during the process of visualization.

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The Art of Mehndi by Fotopoulou Sophia

The art of mehndi (or mehandi) has been a long-standing tradition stemming from many ancient cultures dating back as far as about 5,000 years, but is most known today for its history in India. Today, it is still used in religious and ritualistic ceremonies in India, but has also gained appreciation in other countries as a beautiful art to be appreciated at any time.

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The Eiffel Tower by Jim Down

Eiffel Tower

"(We) protest with all our force, with all our
indignation, in the name of unappreciated French
taste, in the name of menaced French art and
history, against the erection, in the very heart of
our capitol, of the useless and monstrous Eiffel
Tower. . . . Is Paris going to be associated with
the grotesque, mercantile imaginings of a
constructor of machines?"

The Eiffel Tower, upon completion on March 31, 1889, was so perfect that the Scientific American of June 15, 1889, published…

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