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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UNESCO_Intangible_Cultural_Heritage_Lists

I discovered that there was this protection or at least notoriety for something that is absolutely fascinating and irreplaceable in a culture when I was reading through Wikipedia (like ya do) about the Canary Islands and I learned that there was a whistled language there. This language can carry across ravines and small islands. My mind EXPLODED! Like there are so many amazing things that people have developed on this earth and I just want to love the heck out of all of them! I figure my fellow ENFPs will feel the same-- but I want to learn EVERYTHING! So please post any and everything having to do with this!
This gets to the roots of humanity for me. It gets in deep!
I'll be posting! If you guys don't find stuff to share like this.... believe me, I will! I hope we get to learn all sorts of things from everyone!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silbo_Gomero
 
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Joik or Yoik--- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joik Basically a Saami (Laplander) song-portrait or sound-portrait of a person, a thing in nature or an idea. I think the ones that are the soul of a beloved person who has died are the most moving of all. Also Sofia Jannok can capture the joy of a particular person so well!
Start at 2.00 of this next one... SW Voice didn't quite do justice to what a joik IS, but hearing his experience was awesome and you get a sense for who his friend Daniel was. Beautiful!

Also try "Irene" by Sofia Jannok... done. Edit: Adding it:
 
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Wow, okay...wasn't expecting to land on your post tonight @Alesha, but I can relate so much! Haha, uncovering quirky parts of foreign culture is fascinating, and hardcore entertaining.
Have you heard of the Ice Hotel in Sweden? It looks stunning in the photos--they maintain an ice art gallery, and an ice bar... Hair dryers are likely forbidden on the premises, though. XD




http://https://www.icehotel.com/
 
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This might turn into a “Fascinating cultural ideas” thread.
Rule: Make sure it’s respectful, at least partially showing the perspective from the point of view of the culture being discussed.
Found this today:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=as4zbzGaxEk
 

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When he was still alive, I thought the late King of Thailand, HM Bhumibol Adulyadej was the coolest person alive.
- The only king born in the US. (Cambridge Hospital, Massacusetts)
- When he died, he was the longest-reigning head of state.
- Longest-reigning Thai monarch, and longest-reigning monarch as an adult (70 years, 126 days)
- Jazz musician and composer
- The only Thai (and maybe world?) monarch to hold a patent

Music
... In 1964, Bhumibol became the 23rd person to receive the Certificate of Bestowal of Honorary Membership on behalf of Vienna's University of Music and Performing Arts.[144] In 2000, he was awarded the Sanford Medal for his contribution in music from Yale School of Music. He was the first Asian in both cases to be honored as such. In 2003, the University of North Texas College of Music awarded him an honorary doctorate in music. Bhumibol's influence is widely regarded as one reason why Thailand, and Bangkok in particular, has for decades had a strong jazz and improvised music "scene" relative to other Asian nations.[citation needed]

Sailing
Bhumibol was an accomplished sailor and sailboat designer.[146] He won a gold medal for sailing in the Fourth Southeast Asian Peninsular (SEAP) Games in 1967, together with HRH Princess Ubol Ratana whom he tied for points.[147] This accomplishment was all the more remarkable given Bhumibol's lack of binocular depth perception. On April 19, 1966, Bhumibol also sailed the Gulf of Thailand from Hua Hin to Toey Ngam Harbour[148] in Sattahip, covering 60 nautical miles (110 km) in a 17-hour journey on the "Vega 1", an OK Class dinghy he built.[8]


Like his father, a former military naval engineer, Bhumibol was an avid boat designer and builder. He produced several small sailboat designs in the International Enterprise, OK, and Moth classes. His designs in the Moth class included the "Mod", "Super Mod", and "Micro Mod".[149]


Radio amateur
Bhumibol was a radio amateur with the call sign HS1A. He was also the patron of the Radio Amateur Society of Thailand (RAST).[150]


Patents
Bhumibol was the only Thai monarch to hold a patent.[151][152] He obtained one in 1993 for a waste water aerator named "Chai Pattana", and several patents on rainmaking after 1955: the "sandwich" rainmaking patent in 1999 and the "supersandwich" patent in 2003.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhumibol_Adulyadej

Here's a little something I found for you, Miss @Alesha . :proud:
 

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When he was still alive, I thought the late King of Thailand, HM Bhumibol Adulyadej was the coolest person alive.
- The only king born in the US. (Cambridge Hospital, Massacusetts)
- When he died, he was the longest-reigning head of state.
- Longest-reigning Thai monarch, and longest-reigning monarch as an adult (70 years, 126 days)
- Jazz musician and composer
- The only Thai (and maybe world?) monarch to hold a patent



https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhumibol_Adulyadej

Here's a little something I found for you, Miss @Alesha . :proud:
I went to the museum dedicated to him in Bangkok. He was also a photographer, they called him the "Supreme Artist". I was quite in awe by the idea of an artistic monarch, when I compare him to the monarchy I know in the UK who don't seem to create anything.

I went to the cinema and you have to stand for the national anthem whilst a series of images play of both the dead king and the current king's life (similar experience at the train stations). It was surreal for me. Tourists aren't given exceptions though, if a tourist were to disrespect the Royal family at all then it's a great offense.

I found it eery. Whilst he sounds great, the undeniable worship of him by the people made me uncomfortable. I'm grateful the Queen of England is nothing more than an image. I never saw the threat of a monarchy in the UK, some people want to disband them, I thought they were harmless but now I realise, if the Queen wanted, then she could turn the country into a monarchy again.
 
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@Falling Foxes I've been to Thailand twice. Families would keep a picture of the king in their house. I watched a UFC championship match once, the reigning champion was Thai and he held up the king's photo while walking to the ring. I found it a little creepy too at first. But when I found out what the king and the royal family had done for their people (I even read a book about it), it was no surprise they were practically worshiped by the people. If a politician in the Western world did those things, he'd surely have a cult following.

We loved visiting Thailand. Even though they barely spoke English, Thai people were very friendly. The food was good and cheap. And of course, interesting culture. Even in the Christian church, they leave their shoes outside the door. Little things like that can be charming.
 
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