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African Masks History and Meaning

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African Masks History and Meaning

In Africa masks can be traced back to well past Paleolithic times. These art objects were, and are still made of various materials, included are leather, metal, fabric and various types of wood. African masks are considered among the finest creations in the art world and are highly sought after by art collectors. Many of the pieces some replica's, can be viewed in museums and art galleries in many parts of the world. Masking ceremonies in Africa have great cultural and traditional significance. Latest developments and understanding of Aesthetic principles, religious and ceremonial values, have brought about a greater insight...

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SENEGAMBIA: THE TRIBES OF SENEGAL & GAMBIA

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SENEGAMBIA: THE TRIBES OF SENEGAL & GAMBIA

Though the proportions of tribal populations vary between Senegal and The Gambia, the conflict-drawn borders between the two countries are blurred when considering the ethnic heritage shared largely within the peoples of these two West African nations. Tribal ceremony in GambiaWOLOF (JOLLOF) Dominating the urban areas and trade routs, Wolof has become the unofficial lingua franca or most common non-Western language spoken in Senegal and The Gambia. Non-Wolof people often learn Wolof as a first or second language from a young age, as it is a unifying language used by taxi drivers, shop owners and even office workers. Because of...

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10 Reasons to Use Bitters (hint: it all starts with digestive health)

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10 Reasons to Use Bitters (hint: it all starts with digestive health)

Posted by Kayla GrossmannSweet, sour, salty, umami and bitter. These are the 5 major flavors that the 5,000 taste buds speckling your tongue and throat have been primed to identify. Each with unique gastronomic qualities and health indications, traditional cultures believed in the fundamental importance of consuming a rich balance of all these flavors. However today, with the overwhelming load of sugar-encrusted, salt-sprinkled and MSG-doused foods filling our plates, bitterness has essentially vanished from the modern palate. This unfortunate disappearance has done more than simply change the tang and smack-factor of our foods. In fact, the general lack of bitter...

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How to use Black Seed Oil for Weight Loss

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How to use Black Seed Oil for Weight Loss

How to use Black Seed Oil for Weight Loss Some of you might find black seed oil a little difficult to swallow so we created a black seed oil weight loss recipe. Mix a teaspoon of black seed oil and a bit (1-2 teaspoons) of honey. Mix a teaspoon of black seed oil, teaspoon of honey and cinnamon, and a cup of water (use room temperature water for a better mix). Due to its effects on inflammatory diseases, black seed oil fights not only the effects of obesity but also helps people in the fight to lose weight and achieve optimal health. Black seed...

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Neroli Skin Care Benefits

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Neroli Skin Care Benefits

Posted by Maia Isn't it amazing how nature delivers multiple benefits — beyond expectations? For example, oranges are great for eating, and its juice for drinking; it's an excellent source of vitamin C. But the fruit of the orange tree is not the only beneficial part of it. The flowers of this citrus tree also offer a world of good, especially in the realm of natural skin care. Neroli essential oil, botanical name Citrus aurantium, is the highly fragrant, steam distilled oil of orange blossoms whose rejuvenating aroma has become indispensable to aromatherapy and perfumery. It's wonderfully floral, exotic, citrusy...

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