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Just like the ten-volume Encyclopedia of worldwide Cultures (Macmillan, 1996), the four-volume nations and Their Cultures is predicated at the number of ethnographic details referred to as the Human family zone records dependent at Yale collage. not like international Cultures, that's prepared via tradition, the hot paintings is prepared via nation. This work's energy is that readers who recognize little or no a couple of state can quick receive a great orientation to the foremost matters, historical past, and social constitution of a kingdom. The 225 entries are among ten and 20 pages lengthy and browse like a pass among a well-written encyclopedia article, a go back and forth consultant, and a social technological know-how essay. they supply a superb common review of a rustic with no drastically oversimplifying or distorting. All entries have an identical constitution, with sections on geography, background, demography, languages, nutrition, economic climate, etiquette, politics, kin, faith, and humanities and arts. A country's measure of cultural team spirit in addition to its cultural adaptations are defined within the sections on nationwide identification, ethnic kinfolk, and social stratification. each one access has a map with a local insert, black-and-white images, and a bibliography of contemporary scholarly books. steered in particular for libraries that don't personal Encyclopedia of worldwide Cultures. Marc Meola, Coll. of latest Jersey Lib., Ewing

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The Lebanese are encouraged to learn foreign languages and are usually bilingual. B IBLIOGRAPHY Abukhalil As’ad. Historical Dictionary of Lebanon, 1998. Abul-Husn, Latif. The Lebanese Conflict: Looking Inward, 1998. Brody, Aaron Jed. Each Man Cried out to his God: The specialized religion of Canaanite and Phoenician Seafarers, 1998. Dagher, Carole. Bring Down the Walls: Lebanon’s Postwar Challenge, 2000. Edde, Michel. The First Colloquium on Popular Culture in Lebanon, 1993. 1272 LEBANON Mardam-Bey, Farouk.

Written Latvian bore little relationship to the spoken language until 1638. Spelling followed German orthographic traditions until the foundation of an independent state. Russian linguistic influence is also noticeable. In the nineteenth century most educated Latvians spoke German. In the second half of the nineteenth and the early twentieth centuries the educated segments of the population became fluent in Russian. During the Soviet period Russian was a compulsory subject at school. In the postindependence period parents can have their children educated in Latvian or Russian.

There has been a diversification of foods and eating habits, and pizza and Chinese food have found ready acceptance. Food Customs at Ceremonial Occasions. Yeast breads are an essential ingredient of all family celebrations and religious festivities. Birthdays and namedays call for klingeris, a saffron-scented bread made of yeast dough with dried fruits into the shape of a figure eight and decorated with flowers. Christmas and other religious and ceremonial occasions call for home-baked pı¯ra ¯gi bread parcels stuffed with bacon and onion.

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