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Bride, Kosovo
National Geographic ^ | DECEMBER 14, 2013 | Photograph by Nita Zeqiri

Posted on 12/14/2013 1:43:36 PM PST by nickcarraway

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1 posted on 12/14/2013 1:43:36 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Oh, my!


2 posted on 12/14/2013 1:47:43 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: nickcarraway

Looks like some Lady Gaga schtick.


3 posted on 12/14/2013 1:51:18 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Kosovo? Sorry...if the people involved are moslems I'm not the least bit interested.If they're Christians then I'll say “interesting...very interesting”.
4 posted on 12/14/2013 1:54:26 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Osama Obama Care: A Religion That Will Have You On Your Knees!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
...paging Lady Gaga.....pick up your gold courtesy phone ... ...also some N Koreans are interested in a copy of your meat dress.
5 posted on 12/14/2013 1:54:53 PM PST by spokeshave (OMG.......Schadenfreude overload is not covered under Obamacare :-()
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To: fieldmarshaldj

You got that right!


6 posted on 12/14/2013 1:58:30 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: nickcarraway

Very interesting


7 posted on 12/14/2013 2:01:10 PM PST by svcw (Not 'hope and change' but 'dopes in chains')
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To: Gay State Conservative

I though islamic women covered themselves completely when getting married.


8 posted on 12/14/2013 2:01:54 PM PST by svcw (Not 'hope and change' but 'dopes in chains')
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To: nickcarraway
Today, this tradition is at the verge of extinction...

Did National Geographic blame this on man-made global warming?

They always do.

9 posted on 12/14/2013 2:04:41 PM PST by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: svcw
I though islamic women covered themselves completely when getting married.

That sounds plausible.Until I see definitive proof one way or the other I'll reserve judgment.

10 posted on 12/14/2013 2:05:17 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Osama Obama Care: A Religion That Will Have You On Your Knees!)
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To: Gay State Conservative

Kosovo? Sorry...if the people involved are moslems I’m not the least bit interested.If they’re Christians then I’ll say “interesting...very interesting”.

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Most of those stars on her eyebrows have six points. I’d be surprised if they are Muslims.


11 posted on 12/14/2013 2:08:34 PM PST by Eccl 10:2 (Prov 3:5 --- "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding")
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To: Flycatcher
"Did National Geographic blame this on man-made global warming?"

Thanks for reminding me why we dropped our subscription after decades.

12 posted on 12/14/2013 2:09:18 PM PST by doorgunner69
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To: Gay State Conservative

Ok, I looked it up and found this - every thing looks the same as every thing else.
First I thought it might be a joke.
http://www.umanasislamicfashion.com/new-arrivals There no wedding dresses on this site.


13 posted on 12/14/2013 2:15:49 PM PST by svcw (Not 'hope and change' but 'dopes in chains')
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To: doorgunner69
Sad, isn't it? I used to love that magazine when I was growing up

But today's NatGeo is unadulterated socialist/envirostatism propaganda devoid of hard scientific fact.

Birdcage liner, in other words.

14 posted on 12/14/2013 2:20:41 PM PST by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; ...

This is interesting -- the Mycenaean Greeks ("Heroic Age" or Homeric) used to do this, exactly. Thanks nickcarraway.

15 posted on 12/14/2013 2:23:21 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: Flycatcher
Exactly.

I had my fill of the current multicultuarl crap along with the Global Warming Hoax.

I always read the thing for articles about wildlife and remote places. Now it is all social B.S.

16 posted on 12/14/2013 2:33:53 PM PST by doorgunner69
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To: fieldmarshaldj

It’s just a current fad.......


17 posted on 12/14/2013 2:35:55 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Miss Muffit suffered from arachnophobia.....)
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To: svcw

GROSS!!!


18 posted on 12/14/2013 2:38:11 PM PST by Monkey Face (I know the voices aren't real, but man, do they ever come up with some good ideas!)
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To: Eccl 10:2

I don’t believe she’s Moslem, but they did use six pointed stars as well.


19 posted on 12/14/2013 2:54:30 PM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: SunkenCiv
Similar custom in Bulgaria:


20 posted on 12/14/2013 3:21:53 PM PST by Fred Nerks (fair dinkum)
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To: Gay State Conservative

Thank you for sharing your knee-jerk reaction.


21 posted on 12/14/2013 3:39:13 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Looks like some Lady Gaga schtick.

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GMTA! I was just getting ready to post, “Please don’t give Lady Gaga any ideas”.


22 posted on 12/14/2013 3:42:12 PM PST by Bigg Red (He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.--Is 40)
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To: 1rudeboy
Thank you for sharing your knee-jerk reaction.

You're entirely welcome.Feel free to let me know if there's anything else I can do in the future to please you!

23 posted on 12/14/2013 3:43:56 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Osama Obama Care: A Religion That Will Have You On Your Knees!)
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To: Gay State Conservative

You’ve done enough, thanks. Personally, I don’t know if this girl is a Muslim, or not. You reminded me to either ask, or keep my ignorance secret.


24 posted on 12/14/2013 3:49:06 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: Fred Nerks

Looks similar to Queen Amidala in one of those Star Wars movies. I wonder if George Lucas got the idea from this tradition.


25 posted on 12/14/2013 3:54:20 PM PST by Betis70
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To: 1rudeboy
You’ve done enough, thanks.

Is that you Rachel Maddow?

26 posted on 12/14/2013 4:08:00 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Osama Obama Care: A Religion That Will Have You On Your Knees!)
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To: Gay State Conservative

MADDOW!!!


27 posted on 12/14/2013 4:14:40 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: SunkenCiv

...Mycenaean Greeks...used to do this

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Wow! This is a very old tradition, to say the least.


28 posted on 12/14/2013 4:17:33 PM PST by Bigg Red (He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.--Is 40)
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To: Betis70
BULGRAIAN BRIDES. GOOGLE

It seems to be an ancient custom which pre-dates islam.

29 posted on 12/14/2013 4:41:16 PM PST by Fred Nerks (fair dinkum)
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To: SunkenCiv

Bulgarian folk narratives are distinguished by their stark, primal qualities, their spare poetic beauty and powerful archetypal characters. The characters are larger than life - epic heroes, warrior women and beguiling beings who inhabit a magical landscape that has its own reality, laws and logic. They are many-layered and reveal some very ancient roots, perhaps going back to Thracian times and beyond.

http://www.spellintime.fsnet.co.uk/Folklore_Section_Background.htm

The ancient Thracians were an Indo-European tribal people who settled at least 5,000 years ago in that area of the Balkans whose heartland is now the modern state of Bulgaria. Lying at the crossroads between Europe and Asia, Thracian culture reflected influences from the Scythians in the north, the Phrygians to the southeast and the Greeks to the west, yet it had its own distinct identity.


30 posted on 12/14/2013 4:45:00 PM PST by Fred Nerks (fair dinkum)
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To: Fred Nerks; Alex Murphy

I hope they don’t have any confusion as to who the bride is.


31 posted on 12/14/2013 6:44:05 PM PST by lepton ("It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into"--Jonathan Swift)
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To: lepton

the full story with images:

http://crushevil.co.uk/blog/?p=1120


32 posted on 12/14/2013 8:33:13 PM PST by Fred Nerks (fair dinkum)
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To: lepton

Bulgaria’s three main ancestral cultures - Thracian, Slavic and Proto-Bulgarian - left behind only fragmentary evidence of their individual mythologies. These mythologies combined with each other, developed and transformed to produce the body of folk customs, beliefs, artistic forms and traditional narratives that have existed right up until the modern era and which are now collectively known as Bulgarian folklore.

Of course it has incorporated other elements on the way. Bulgaria officially converted to Christianity in the ninth century but it did not completely abandon its ancestral pagan beliefs and customs. Instead many were absorbed into the new religion and survive in modified form through to the present day, interwoven with Christianity. The Thracian Horseman was reincarnated in the Christian figure of St George, seen as the bringer of summer and fertility. The Slavic thunder god, Perun, was reincarnated as the Christian St Ilya, and pagan folk festivals and rituals continued with a thin veneer of the new religion.

The Ottoman Turks conquered Bulgaria in the 14th century and ruled it for 500 years as part of the Ottoman Empire. This also left its mark on Bulgarian myth and folklore. For example, tales about Nastraddin Hodja, the Turkish imam and wise fool, were assimilated and adapted into the Bulgarian oral tradition, one positive product of this dark and bloody period of Bulgarian history.

In essence Bulgarian folklore is the combination of its ancestral mythologies in living practice, or in practice within recent historic memory. It still exists, albeit on a reduced scale, as strong living tradition and a vibrant part of Bulgarian culture. Its many layers hold the key to certain intriguing aspects of Bulgarian traditional narratives.

Bulgarian folk customs fall into two broad categories: those associated with the individual’s passage through life (birth, marriage, death); calendar customs associated with the annual cycle of nature and agriculture.

The most important of the life cycle customs are those associated with the Bulgarian wedding, and we’ll look briefly at some wedding customs as a way of understanding various aspects of Bulgarian traditional tales.

http://www.spellintime.fsnet.co.uk/Folklore_Section_Background.htm


33 posted on 12/14/2013 8:44:47 PM PST by Fred Nerks (fair dinkum)
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To: Fred Nerks
And in San Francisco...


34 posted on 12/14/2013 10:13:26 PM PST by Dr.Deth
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To: Dr.Deth

He’s marked for life, the decorations on the face of the Bulgarian Bride will wash off.


35 posted on 12/14/2013 10:34:01 PM PST by Fred Nerks (fair dinkum)
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To: Fred Nerks

Fred, thanks for posting this.

From your link:

“Kukeri are masked male dancers and mummers, who wear fantastic, often animal like masks (like the one pictured above) and huge bronze cowbells round their waists (like those pictured below). They carry sticks, which symbolise the phallus, in a spring fertility rite possibly derived from the ancient Dionysian new year festival.”

A Bulgarian co-worker once told me of a ritual in his homeland where people dressed up like animals for a festival, and it was something I’d never heard of before, then I recognized what he’d told me in the passage above.


36 posted on 12/14/2013 10:34:33 PM PST by thecodont
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To: Betis70; Fred Nerks
Looks similar to Queen Amidala in one of those Star Wars movies. I wonder if George Lucas got the idea from this tradition.

Interesting observation. I bet you're right.

37 posted on 12/14/2013 10:37:43 PM PST by thecodont
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To: thecodont

Now doesn’t that tell you just how old these traditions and rituals are...no matter that the region in Bulgaria where the brides are so decorated is claimed to be muslim. The practice goes back thousands of years.


38 posted on 12/14/2013 10:41:24 PM PST by Fred Nerks (fair dinkum)
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To: Fred Nerks

I love Bulgarian singing.


39 posted on 12/14/2013 10:41:46 PM PST by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: little jeremiah

You’ll love this old lady:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OliBbjdfADQ


40 posted on 12/14/2013 10:56:59 PM PST by Fred Nerks (fair dinkum)
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To: doorgunner69

“Thanks for reminding me why we dropped our subscription after decades. “

Me too.


41 posted on 12/15/2013 9:46:27 PM PST by Pelham (Obamacare, the vanguard of Obammunism)
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To: Pelham
Between them and new agenda, along with Sports Illustrated and their homosexual enthusiasm, two less magazines in the mailbox.

Sad thing is, I doubt they give a damn or will notice, regardless of written comments.

42 posted on 12/15/2013 9:49:04 PM PST by doorgunner69
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To: little jeremiah

I’m going to tell you one thing, kids...Ivo Papasov


43 posted on 12/16/2013 8:34:31 AM PST by Yollopoliuhqui
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To: Yollopoliuhqui

Listening now.

I’d like to hear something just a tad more traditional, for instance without the drum set. It’s really nice even so.

I like the scales.


44 posted on 12/16/2013 12:34:18 PM PST by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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Meant to add this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCweFfcV7Xo

He’s a demon clarinet player!


45 posted on 12/16/2013 12:35:00 PM PST by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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More. I like the drone on the first one. And the more traditonal sounding drumming. Awesome music, love it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_R_dLFooHA


46 posted on 12/16/2013 12:49:10 PM PST by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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This is something to watch - the Sami guy, and some kind of traditional dancing, great drumming. Wish I knew what was going on.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQFvdKsom1E


47 posted on 12/16/2013 12:52:46 PM PST by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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Wow, this is even wilder.

I can’t stop this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4W7sYi1rnTM


48 posted on 12/16/2013 1:00:24 PM PST by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: Fred Nerks

FN, you gotta watch some of these. Incredible music and it’s wonderful to see people enjoying their traditional music and dancing.


49 posted on 12/16/2013 1:02:09 PM PST by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: little jeremiah

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oM8bU-wnEo

what are they?

Turks playing ancient Greek flutes, banging drums?


50 posted on 12/16/2013 3:49:49 PM PST by Fred Nerks (fair dinkum)
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