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Life in Iran

At the tomb of Ferdowsi in the northeastern town of Tus, a man plays traditional music for change. Ferdowsi was a highly-revered Persian poet whose writings are well-known by many in Iran.

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Life in Iran

At the tomb of Ferdowsi in the northeastern town of Tus, a man plays traditional music for change. Ferdowsi was a highly-revered Persian poet whose writings are well-known by many in Iran.

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Life in Iran

At the tomb of Ferdowsi in the northeastern town of Tus, a man plays traditional music for change. Ferdowsi was a highly-revered Persian poet whose writings are well-known by many in Iran.

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Life in Iran

At the tomb of Ferdowsi in the northeastern town of Tus, a man plays traditional music for change. Ferdowsi was a highly-revered Persian poet whose writings are well-known by many in Iran.

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Busy Street in Istanbul

People on a busy street in Istanbul, Turkey.

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Snake Charmer

India is a land and people of contrasts. Walk down any street, and you’ll find a variety of religions, economic statuses, and cultural differences. In the streets of Agra you can find almost anything, including a snake charmer playing his locally-made instrument for a few coins from the tourists.

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Snake Charmer

India is a land and people of contrasts. Walk down any street, and you’ll find a variety of religions, economic statuses, and cultural differences. In the streets of Agra you can find almost anything, including a snake charmer playing his locally-made instrument for a few coins from the tourists.

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Kathakali

A Kathakali actor applies make-up before performing a classical Hindu dance.

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A Kathakali actor demonstrates some of the meanings of the face, neck, and eye movements. The actor darts his eyeballs around at a frenetic speed. By the end of the demonstration, the actor’s eyes are bloodshot.

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When Bhima defeats a demon, good triumphs over evil.

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A prince faces off against a demon in the Hindu dance, “The Killing of Baka.”

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There is no speaking in the play—facial and body movements tell the story. Prior to the play, the actors explain how certain movements have different meanings and demonstrate the movements for love, sarcasm, sadness, anger, bravery, fear, repulsion, wonder, and peace.

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Lamps are lit onstage before the drama begins. Originally, Kathakali plays would unfold from evening to morning; but in modern times, many are shortened to evening performances.

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Watching the application of the actor’s make up is part of the Kathakali performance. It can take up to an hour to prepare the actors for the drama.

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A Kathakali actor begins applying make-up on stage as part of his transformation into character.

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Actors begin a Kathakali performance.

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Makeup is applied to the face of an actor who plays a demon in a Hindu dance.

Header image for “Good Confronts Evil in an Epic Hindu Dance”

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Musicians & Tourists

Tourist and locals walk the busy street in front of St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican City as street vendors and musicians work the crowd.

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Musicians & Tourists

Tourist and locals walk the busy street in front of St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican City as street vendors and musicians work the crowd.

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Mirror Man

A street performer in the historic Old Town (Stare Miasto) neighborhood in Krakow, Poland.

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