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Algerian Costumes, issued by Algeria on November 29, 1969

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Somali Warriors, issued for use in Obock (Djibouti) in 1894;

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Vietnamese Costumes from Central Vietnam, issued by Vietnam on July 25, 1987:

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La Font de l'esmelicat (The thin man fountain)

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Catalonia: "Castells" (Human towers).

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Costumes of Lao Ethnic Groups

There are 68 official ethnic groups in Laos, belonging to three main groups: Lao Loum, Lao Sung and Lao Theung.

Lao Loum - About two thirds of the Lao population is ethnic Lao, the principal lowland inhabitants and the politically and culturally dominant group. The Lao belong to the Thai linguistic group who began migrating southward from China in the first millennium AD. A further ten percents of the population belong to other lowland groups such as Lao Thai, which together with the Lao people make up the Lao Loum (Low Lao).

Lao Sung - Hill people and minority cultures of Laos such as the Hmong (Meo), Yaho (Mien), Thai Damm, Dao Shan and several Tibeto-Burmen speaking peoples have lived in isolated regions for many years. Mountains and Hill tribes of mixed ethno cultural linguistic heritage are found in northern Laos which include the Lua people. Collectively, all these groups are known as Lao Sung (High Lao).

Lao Theung - The predominate people in the central and southern mountains of Laos are the Mon-Khmer tribes that include the Khammu, Lawa, Katu, Katan and other small tribes. They are known as Lao Theung (Upland Lao) or Kha. Both groups, The Khammu and Lawa, are thought to have been in Laos long before the arrival of the lowland Lao, tribal Thai or Lao Sung. Many Lao people consider them as their historical predecessors.


Between years 2000-2002, Laos issued 41 stamps depicting Lao different costumes. Here are ten of them depicting woman costumes:

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Costume of Chief, issued by Ivory Coast on February 14, 1969 as part of an omnibus set publicising the Philexafrique stamp exhibition held in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

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Traditional Western African Costumes, issued by Guinea on February 15, 1965:

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Traditional African Costumes, issued by Guinea on May 10, 2010, designed by Paul Puvilland:

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Algerian Costumes on Miniature Paintings by Mohamed Racim, issued by Algeria on December 17, 1966:

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African Traditional Musical Instruments, issued by Niger on December 23, 1978:

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African Traditional Musical Instruments, issued by Mauritania on March , 1965:

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Traditional Costumes of Vietnamese Ethnic Groups, issued by North Vietnam on January 6, 1960:

2 xu: Ede, 10Xu: Hmong, 12 xu: Tay, 12 xu: Tai

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"Traditional healer," printed by lithography, and issued by Zambia in 1981, Scott No. 250. Good for what ails you!

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Traditional Dances of Vietnamese Central Highlands Ethnic Groups, issued by North Vietnam on December 20, 1972:

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Prince and princess traveling on camels through a desert, printed by photogravure, and issued by Japan on October 24, 1997 as one of a set of two stamps illustrating popular Japanese folk songs, Scott No. 2588. Note: The song illustrated on this stamp is Tsuki no sabaku ("The Desert under the Moon"), by Sakasi Suguru (music) and Kato Masao (lyrics); YouTube video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhcLLxKlm9M

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Vietnamese Traditional Theatre, issued by the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) on February 23, 1975:

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Here are images of the three stamps in a set depicting various traditional Austrian regional costume items, designed by Maria Schulz, combined engraved by Wolfgang Seidel and photogravure, and issued by Austria on March 24, 1995 in its Folklore and Customs Series, Scott Nos. 1671-73.

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Belt, Gailtal, Carinthia
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Vineyard watchman's costume, Vienna
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Bonnet, Wachau, Lower Austria
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"Dancing girl," detail from a painted screen, printed by photogravure, and issued by Japan on April 20, 1961 for Stamp Week, Scott No. 728.

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Vietnamese Traditional Costumes, issued by Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) on March 13, 1970:

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Women's Headdresses of St. Lucia.
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Gauchos Dancing from Brazil.... courtesy of an ISWSC Swap Circuit
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1972 Brazil - Scott 1235
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nethryk wrote:Prince and princess traveling on camels through a desert, printed by photogravure, and issued by Japan on October 24, 1997 as one of a set of two stamps illustrating popular Japanese folk songs, Scott No. 2588. Note: The song illustrated on this stamp is Tsuki no sabaku ("The Desert under the Moon"), by Sakasi Suguru (music) and Kato Masao (lyrics); YouTube video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhcLLxKlm9M

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It's probably more informative to note that there were 18 stamps in this, the second traditional song set.
There were 9 issue dates over an eighteen month period.

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There were also 18 stamps in the first series.
These were issued from 1979, again with 9 issues dates also over about eighteen months.

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The Sakura catalogue lists the images consecutively.

First series: C827-C830, C835-C844, C868-871
Second series: C1607-C1624

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Vietnamese traditional dances, issued by North Vietnam on March 20, 1962:

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Here are images of the five stamps in a set commemorating the Kenya National Theater, designed by British artist Beryl Moore, printed by lithography (Enschedé), and issued by Kenya on April 6, 1979, Scott Nos. 141-45.

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Scene from Kenya National Theatre Company production of "The Lion and the Jewel."
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Scene from Kenya National Theatre Company production of "Utisi."
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Various Kenya National Theatre performance programs.
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Scene from Nairobi City Players production of "Genesis" at the Kenya National Theatre.
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Polish Regional Costumes, designed by Cz. Kaczmarczyk, engraved by: St. Łukaszewski, E. Konecki, J. Miller and M.R.Polak and issued by Poland on December 18, 1959:

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Congolese Women's Hair-styles, Issued by the People's Republic of the Congo on October 10, 1976:

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African Woman's Hair-styles, Issued by Guinea Bissau on March 8, 1989:

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National Costumes, issued by the People's Republic of Southern Yemen on July 2, 1970:

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Different stamps issued for use in African French colonies depicting African Woman's Hair-styles

Baloue Woman, Issued for use in French West Africa in 1936. Designed and engraved by Antonin Delzers:

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Issued for use in French Equatorial Africa in 1947. Designed and engraved by Pierre Gandon:

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Issued for use in French West Africa in 1947. Designed and engraved by Pierre Gandon:

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Issued for use in Togo in 1941. Designed and engraved by Pierre Gandon:

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"Midsummer Dance," a booklet stamp designed after a painting by Swedish artist Bengt Nordenberg (1822-1902), engraved by Czesław Słania (1921-2005), and issued by Sweden on March 2, 1973, Scott No. 998, Facit No. 815, plus a link to a YouTube video of midsummer Swedish folk dancing at Tolvmansgården in Rimbo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VfoymN4CM2Y

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Traditional costumes of Jewish Women from Morocco, Ethiopia and India, issued by Israel on February 13, 1997:

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Here is an image of a stamp depicting a traditional Chinyau dancer, printed by photogravure, and issued by Zambia on October 24, 1964, Scott No. 6, plus a YouTube link to a video of some traditional dances of eastern Zambia: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzX4Jigc1TE&feature=youtu.be

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Folk Music, painting by the Swedish artist Anders Leonard Zorn (1860-1920), engraved by Czeslaw Slania and issued by Sweden on October 1, 1983:

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Henna is a ritual used by various peoples in the Middle East, North Africa, India and Jews of Eastern origins before the wedding, as a rite of passage from life as individuals to marital life. In the ceremony, a red-orange material which is extracted from the leaves of the Henna tree (Lawsonia inermis) is used to adorning the hands of the bride and the groom. Henna is regarded as having Barakah ("blessings"), and was applied for luck as well as joy and beauty. Brides typically had the most henna, and the most complex patterns, to support their greatest joy and wishes for luck.

Hands of a Berber bride painted with Henna, issued by Tunisia on October 23, 1972:

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Preparing the Henna, Yemenite Jews Henna ceremony in Israel:

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Spanish-style bullfighting, known as a corrida de toros (literally a "running of the bulls") is practices in Spain, where it originates, Portugal and several Latin America countries. In a traditional corrida, three toreros, also called matadores, each fight against two out of a total of six fighting bulls.

Bullfighting, issued by Spain on February 29, 1960:

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Greek Traditional Costumes, a long set of 40 stamps issued by Greece in three parts in years 1972-1974. Here are 12 of them:

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Seurasaaren juhannusvalkeat: Midsummer's eve dance, with traditional bonfires, designed by Finnish graphic artist Torsten Ekström, printed by lithography, and issued by Finland on May 18, 1981 as a Europa stamp, Scott No. 656, Facit No. 884, plus a link to a YouTube video about this annual folk festival: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvJp1iJbXuI

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Sou-Khouane (Baci) ceremony in Laos

The meaning of "Sou" is "Unity" and "Khouane" refers to "Guardian Spirits". Lao people believe that when the Khouane leave the person body, he became ill or misfortune will fall on him. This can be cured if the Khouane will be called and reunite with the person’s body. The ceremony is performed by sitting around a bowl of flower and candles called Phakhouane. Food and drinks are placed near the Phakhouane as symbolic gifts to the Khouane. The Phakhouane is tied with blessed cotton strings, used for the Phai Phoukkhene, tying the string on a person wrist while calling and blessing the Khouane. This act symbolizing the unity of the Khouane with the person. The Sou-Khouane is held in different events such as marriage, voyage, crops harvest, New Year Pi Mai festival and others.

Baci ceremony, designed by Sa-Nguan Rodboon, engraved by Jean Pheulpin and issued by Laos on May 20, 1966:

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Baci ceremony, issued by Laos on November 20, 1990:

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The Saung Gauk (စောင်းကောက်) is an arched harp used in traditional Burmese music. The Saung Gauk is regarded as a national musical instrument of Burma. The Saung Gauk is unique in that it is a very ancient harp tradition and is said to be the only surviving harp in Asia.

Burmese woman playing Saung Gauk, issued by Burma on January 4, 1949 to celebrate Burma first anniversary of Independence:

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Saung Gauk, issued by Burma on May 17, 1999:

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A beautiful video shows a Burmese couple in traditional costume in performance. The woman is playing Saung Gauk:

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Phi Ta Khon Festival (Ghost Festival) is celebrated in Thailand once a year. The town’s residents take part in a procession wearing masks made of rice husks or coconut leaves with hats made from rice steamers, plus patchwork clothing. They also wear bells and wave wooden phalluses. The origin of this festival is traditionally ascribed to a story of the Vessantara Jataka in which the Buddha in one of his past lives as a prince Vassantara (Lao: Phra Wetsandon) made a long exile and was presumed dead. The celebrations on his return were so cheerful that even the ghosts and the spirits came to celebrate and welcome him.

Phi Ta Khon Festival or Ghost Festival, issued by Thailand on June 23, 2007:

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The Phi Ta Khon Festival is also celebrated in several parts of Laos. Here is an image from Sayaboury, Laos:
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Musical Instruments, Beadwork and Costumes of the People of Guinea, issued for use in Portuguese Guinea in April, 1948:

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Nice thread, a perfect excuse to get to know my new scanner that just arrived this afternoon. :D

From a pile of covers I picked up in Paris about half a dozen or so years ago, a 1977 issue on a registered cover from People's Republic of the Congo, which these days is once again called the Republic of the Congo.
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One more, a censored cover sent from Mexico City to Manchester, UK, in 1940.

The green stamp commemorates the national college of St. Nicholas de Hidalgo at Patzcuaro, Michoacan state (SG 658, Scott C108, 1940); figure to the left is a 'Warrior Eagle' (SG 579, Scott C72 1934) and the mask to the right is Mictlantecuhtli, the Aztec god of the dead (SG 573, Scott C65, 1934). I can't make it the day that proceeds 'NOV' on the post mark; I'm hoping it's 1 for Day of the Dead. :D I really like this depiction of Mictlantecuhtli.

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Mazal Tov!!! The Jewish Wedding

Each Jewish community has its special wedding customs, but there are several customs in common, done by all Jewish communities in the world


The Jewish wedding ceremony is performed under canopy (huppah) as seen in this painting (little bitter) by Jozef Israels on a stamp issued on December 22, 1970:

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During the ceremony, the groom signs the Kethubah, a wedding contract usually written Aramaic. Here is a SS issued on July 16, 2019 depicting a modern Kethubah:

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At the end of the ceremony, the groom breaks a glass, crushing it with his right foot and the guests shout Mazal Tov! Congratulations!. This act is a reminder that despite the joy, Jews still mourn the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem. Because of this, some recite the verses "If I forget thee / O Jerusalem..." (Ps. 137:5) at this point. This stamp depicting a groom breaking a glass, issued on April 27, 2003:

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Jewish bridal wedding jewelry from Yemen, Bukhara and Italy, issued on June 15, 2016:

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Re: Please share your ''Folklore on Stamps'' topicals/theme

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Traditional Dances, issued by Dahomey (Benin) on August 4, 1975:

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Re: Please share your ''Folklore on Stamps'' topicals/theme

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Mimouna is a traditional North African Jewish celebration dinner, that currently takes place in Israel. It is held the day after Passover, marking the return to eating hametz (leavened bread, etc.), which is forbidden throughout the week of Passover.

Mimouna symbolises North Africa, and specifically the close relations between Jews and Muslims there. In Morocco, it was the Muslims who brought wheat, milk and butter to the Jews at the end of the holiday so they could make food.

One of the Mimouna’s customs is the open houses and the visits to the homes of strangers. It is a tradition to visit several celebrations on the eve of Mimouna, drink a cup of tea, taste the Mofletta and move on to the next house. This stamp, issued by Israel on May 1, 2019, shows the open house Mimouna custom:

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During the Mimouna Festival, people dress in traditional Moroccan Jewish costumes:

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In the dinner, beside sweet food, the table is also laid with various symbols of luck and fertility, with an emphasis on the number "5," such as five pieces of gold jewelry or five beans arranged on a leaf of pastry. The repetition of the number five references the five-fingered Khamsa amulet common in both Jewish and Muslim North African and Middle Eastern communities.

Jewish Khamsa from Morocco, issued by Israel on July 25, 2006:

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Re: Please share your ''Folklore on Stamps'' topicals/theme

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"Lao Folklore" set of four stamps issued by Laos on December 23, 1965 depicting Lao customs held on different Buddhist religious holidays

Buffalo fighting
Buffalo fighting competition event is held in Wat Phu festival and by the Hmong and Lao Sung during the New Year festival. Buffalo fighting are organized in fields near the villages for entertainments and competitions. Prizes are given to the winner buffalos.

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Tikhee game
Tikhee is a form of hockey played with bamboo sticks (Maikhee) and ball (Lookhee). This game is held in That Luang festival. Tikhee used to be played between the local inhabitants and the civil servants and aimed to decrease the tension between the two groups.

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Boat Racing
Boat racing is an important part of different Lao festivals. One of them is the Boun Haw Khao Padap Din, a Buddhist festival held during the 9th month aimed to remember and respect the spirits of the dead ancestors.

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Boun Bang Fai (Lao rocket festival)
In Boun Bang Fai, rocket festival, people request from rain god Phaya Thaen to bring rain. They launch bamboo rocket to symbolically fertilize the clouds. The festival is held in the sixth month of the lunar calendar before the rice cultivation season.

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Celebrating the Boun Bang Fai - Rocket's Festival - 1960's

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FDC of the folklore set sent registered to Hong Kong. Arrival postmark of Hong Kong post office on the back:

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