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Traditional knowledge and techniques of palm cultivation in Marwi, Northern Sudan
This study describes the environmentally friendly traditional techniques that the Marwi people use i...

The Folktale: Structure and connotation
Like fairytales and legends, the folktale is a distinctive type of story. It is not a general type o...

Houbi Dance, a reminder of legendary times
The Houbi is a popular group folk dance performed by the people of the Ougarta region in Béni...
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The Art of Lighting Candles
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Recently, the International Organization of Folk Art (IOV) held its 14th European International Scientific Conference of Folk Culture in Andorf, AustriaThe conference was attended by folklore researchers from several European countries.

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Jewish elements in Ahmad Al-Buni’s book Source of the Essentials of Wisdom: The example of ‘Ehyeh-Asher-Ehyeh’
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This study found that source of the Essentials of Wisdom is a popular book about magic. The book is attributed to Ahmad bin Ali Al-Buni, who died in 622 AH, but this study does not date the book to that time and the researcher found no evidence that Imama Al-Buni was the book’s author ...

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Folklore: A language that civilisations use to communicate
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Folklore is oral cultural heritage that is transmitted from generation to generation by oral, written, or recorded means. It includes music, literature, drama, visual arts, folk literature, and other practices. These audio, visual and intellectual elements of culture are interconnected, but one of them prevails over the rest.

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Dialogue in Children's Songs
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Many studies that have focused on observing a child's cognitive and perceptual development have found that children are born with a tendency to question, discover, and search for the unknown, and that they are attracted to rhythmic language.  

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The Folktale: Structure and connotation
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Like fairytales and legends, the folktale is a distinctive type of story. It is not a general type of tale that falls under the umbrella of other tales, despite what some researchers have stated. The facts, events, heroes and motives differentiate it from other tales.

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The games of my village and the magical time of childhood
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The first years of an individual’s life are the most important, because they build and shape his personality. It is during this time that knowledge and values that will eventually emerge at a later stage of life are being formed. During this period, it is important that the child experiences stability and calm in the family, in terms of social, cultural and economic factors, and in the community.

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Awashir, good omens and Alawlah: A field study of the connotation of agricultural activities in Tébessa, Algeria
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Rituals, practices and celebrations are part of folk beliefs and cultural heritage. The rituals function as a means of communication with metaphysical forces, and the celebrations held in different seasons are a means of giving thanks for an abundant harvest. These include rituals performed to bestow good omens on neighbours and relatives.

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Traditional knowledge and techniques of palm cultivation in Marwi, Northern Sudan
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This study describes the environmentally friendly traditional techniques that the Marwi people use in palm cultivation. For example, in order to protect the soil, people do not use chemical fertilisers or machines such as modern tractors.

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Houbi Dance, a reminder of legendary times
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The Houbi is a popular group folk dance performed by the people of the Ougarta region in Béni Abbès, which is in Béchar province in south-western Algeria. Single and married men of different ages and social classes stand in a row facing one or more women. The dance leader stands in the middle of the row, and everyone dances by stamping their feet on the floor, moving their hands and chanting the word ‘Houbi’.

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Adaptation in music: Sociological criteria for adaptation
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The effects of adaptation (which is associated with spontaneous musical performances) on an audience are dependent on practicalities. The adaptation usually meets the desired meaning and goals of the music. The majority of researchers and musicians believe that the spontaneous performance using Western instruments for all types of music is merely an example of adaptation.

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