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Inuit drum dance, a semi-postal (charity) stamp designed and combined engraved by Martin Mörck (1955- ) and lithography after original artwork by Greenlandic artist Julia Pars (1968- ), and issued by Greenland on August 18, 2000 to publicize the HAFNIA '01 International Stamp Exhibition, Scott No. B25, plus a YouTube link to a performance by a traditional drum dancer in Kulusuk, Greenland: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUgD55s0uf0

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Noh is a form of classical Japanese musical drama in which the main characters are usually masked; some Noh masks portray nonhuman (divine, demonic, or animal) characters. Here are images of the three stamps in a set depicting masked performers in various Noh plays, and issued by Japan on September 20, 1972, Scott Nos. 1122-24. The first stamp in this set is engraved, the others are printed by photogravure.

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Traditional dancing, Department of Dosso, issued by Niger on October 7, 1983:

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Here are images of the five stamps in a set depicting traditional Turkish folk dances, printed by lithography, and issued by Turkey on August 30, 1975, Scott Nos. 2009-13, plus YouTube links to some relevant videos.

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Date of Issue 17 February 2014.Country-Azerbaijan Republic
Europe 2014. National music instruments.
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Here is an image of a stamp depicting a young woman of Bora Bora wearing a traditional Polynesian hibiscus floral patterned dress, designed and engraved by French artist Pierre Gandon (1899-1990), and issued for use in French Polynesia on September 26, 1955, Scott No. 180.

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The annual festival of Moors and Christians in Alcoy, Spain, which dates back to the 16th century commemorates a battle which was fought in 1276. Here is an image of a stamp depicting the mock battle reenactment on the last day of the festival, printed by photogravure, and issued by Spain on April 22, 1985, Scott No. 2404, plus a YouTube link to a video of the 2009 Moors and Christians festival's mock battle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1X0GSUwayg

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This set was issued by Spain between 1967 and 1971 showing some Spain provinces traditional dresses


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Countrywoman of Coimbra, designed by Raquel Roque Gameiro Ottolini (1889-1970), die engraved by Renato Araújo (1911-1950), printed by typography (letterpress), and issued by Portugal on April 4, 1941, Scott No. 606, plus a relevant illustration.

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Building human towers is the main Catalan national sport. We call them "castellers" and they're very popular, here in Catalonia.

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Here are images of the four stamps in a set depicting traditional Zambian musical instruments: kankobele, bango, ilimba and inshingili, printed by lithography, and issued by Zambia on September 30, 1981, Scott Nos. 254-57

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Here are images of the four stamps in a set depicting traditional Tunisian musical instruments (lute; zither; rebab; and drums and flute), designed by Tunisian artist Jellal Ben Abdallah (1921- ), printed by photogravure (Courvoisier, S.A.), and issued by Tunisia on March 20, 1970, Scott Nos. 530-33, plus a YouTube link to an hour of traditional Tunisian music featuring vocals by Tunisian classical Arab music singer Sonia M'barek (1969- ): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dD9XrCQ5DPk

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The Baggara are an Arab ethnic group in South Sudan.Their name derives from an Arabic word meaning "cattle herder." Intermarriage with the region's original African inhabitants has given them much darker skins than their Arabian forebears. Here is an image of a stamp depicting a Baggara girl riding a cow, designed by Colonel W. L. Atkinson, printed by typography by Thomas De La Rue & Co., Ltd., and issued for use in Sudan on September 1, 1951, Scott No. 101, plus a photograph of a Baggara woman, also mounted on a cow, in Kordofan.

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Traditional dances of the Kondona, Toubolle and the Adjogbo, issued by Togo on December 1, 1983:

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Here are images of a couple of stamps depicting traditional Polynesian dancers, designed and engraved (respectively) by French artists Jean Pheulpin (1907-1991), and Jacques Combet (1920-1993), and issued for use in Wallis and Futuna Islands on September 19, 1960, Scott Nos. 156 & 157, plus a YouTube link to a video of performances by troupes of Wallis Island traditional dancers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqFaWuAm5qs

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Dancer's mask, South Seas, designed by German graphic artist Gerhard Voigt (1926-2005), printed by photogravure, and issued by East Germany (DDR) on January 12, 1971 as one of four stamps in a set depicting works from the Ethnological Museum, Leipzig, Scott No. 1258, Michel No. 1632.

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Traditional dances of the Adifo, Fouet, Idjombi and the Moba, issued by Togo in July, 1985:

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Traditional dancer with fruit basket, Oaxaca, airmail stamp designed by A. Rojas, and issued by Mexico on March 16, 1973 to promote tourism, Scott No. C357, plus a link to a YouTube video clip of a performance by a troupe of Oaxaca dancers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zp5uWMFnyiY

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Two Catalan folklore stamps:

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Here are images of the two stamps in a set depicting, respectively, a fireworks display at Vaduz Castle, and the National Day Procession held annually on August 15, designed by graphic artist Regina Marxer, printed by photogravure on granite paper (Courvoisier, S.A.), and issued by Liechtenstein on March 9, 1981 as EUROPA stamps, Scott Nos. 708 & 709.

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Traditional costume of a Jewish man from Kurdistan, issued by Israel on February 13, 1997. For me it is a special stamp since by parents came from Kurdistan (Iraqi part):

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Plumed headdress, designed by French artist and engraver Michel Monvoisin (1932-1982), printed by photogravure, and issued by Burkina Faso (Upper Volta) on April 9, 1966 as one of three stamps in a set publicizing the First World Festival of Negro Arts, April 1-24, 1966 in Dakar, Senegal, Scott No. 163.

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Woman coiffures of different Togolese tribes, issued by Togo on February 21, 1970:

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Here is an image of a stamp designed after a detail from a painting depicting 19th century carnival revelers by Spanish artist Francisco Hohenleiter y Castro (1889-1968), printed by photogravure, and issued by Spain on February 5, 1986, to publicize the Carnaval de Cádiz, Scott No. 2470, plus an image of Francisco Hohenleiter's original work of art, and a YouTube link to a documentary using newsreels to trace the history of this extravagant community festival, which is celebrated annually for more than two weeks (!): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpB6USCbI5o

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Woman headdresses of different South West African (SWA - later Namibia) tribes, issued by SWA on May 25, 1984:

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Traditional dances of different tribes in Dahomey, issued by Dahomey (Benin) on August 8, 1964. The 2, 3, and 25 Fr. values were designed and engraved by Claude Haley and the rest by Pierre Béquet:

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Here are images of the two stamps in a set commemorating Spanish regional carnivals, printed by photogravure, and issued by Spain in 1984: Santa Cruz de Tenerife (issued on March 5); and Las Fallas, Valencia, (issued on March 16), Scott Nos. 2363 & 2364.

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Here is an image of a stamp depicting a man costumed as "Federahannes," designed by Peter Steiner, printed by lithography, and issued by Germany on February 8, 1983 to publicize the Swabian-Alemannic Narrensprung Fastnacht Carnival held annually in Rottweil, printed by lithography, and issued by Germany on February 8, 1983, Scott No. 1390, Michel No. 1167, plus a YouTube link to a home video of the 2015 edition of this festive event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOF3o1lVubQ

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An eisteddfod is a Welsh festival of literature, music and performance arts. Here is an image of a stamp depicting an archdruid holding the the Hirlas Horn ("Horn of Plenty"), and other eisteddfod celebrants, printed by photogravure, and issued by Great Britain on August 4., 1979 to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the Royal National Eisteddfod of Wales, Scott No. 790, plus a YouTube link to a short Pathé newsreel of the proclamation for the 1928 edition of this annual festival: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQ2O2w-a_gU

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Here are images of the four stamps in a set depicting Vietnamese folk dances, printed by photogravure, and issued by (North) Vietnam on March 20,1962, Scott Nos. 195-198, plus links to YouTube videos of performances of these traditional dances

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Here are images of the four stamps in a set depicting various traditional regional masks, designed by Romanian graphic artist Aida Tasgian Constantinescu, printed by photogravure, and issued by Romania on November 24, 1969, Scott Nos. 2131-34.

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The Hadendoa ("Hadendowa") are a nomadic subdivision of the Beja people whose elaborate hairdressing gained them the nickname of "Fuzzy-wuzzies" among the British troops during the Mahdist War (1881-99). Here is an image of a stamp depicting a Hadendoa man, designed by Col. W.L. Atkinson, printed by typography (letterpress) by Thomas De La Rue & Co., Ltd., and issued for use in Sudan on September 1, 1951, Scott No. 103, plus an image of a photo of a Hadendoa nomad, and a link to a webpage featuring Rudyard Kipling's famous poem Fuzzy Wuzzy (1892), a stirring tribute to the martial qualities of the Hadendoa warriors: https://allpoetry.com/Fuzzy-Wuzzy

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"Tineke van Heule" is a Belgian folk song about a fictional milkmaid named Eule, lyrics by René De Clercq (1877-1932), and put to music by Emiel Hullebroeck (1878-1965). Here is an image of a stamp depicting Eule, designed by Oscar Hector Bonnevalle (1920-1993), printed by photogravure, and issued by Belgium on September 19, 1983 to commemorate the annual Tineke van Heule Festival, Scott No. 1152, plus a photo of a stone statue of Eule created by Belgian artist Leo De Buysere (1940- ), and a YouTube link to a rendition of this folk song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2iUvQHz3MQ

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Here is an image of an airmail stamp depicting a traditional dancer performing a regional Maya deer dance, engraved and printed by E. A. Wright Bank Note Company, Philadelphia, and issued by Guatemala on December 18, 1953 to publicize the 1953 Guatemala National Fair, Scott No. C188, plus a YouTube link to a Baile de Venados ("Dancing Deer") performance by a troupe at a Guatemalan folklore festival held in Sololá in 2011: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1_zwENX02o

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Here is an image of a stamp depicting Carmen Amaya (1918-1963), a celebrated Romani flamenco dancer and singer born in Barcelona, printed by photogravure, and issued by Spain on May 6, 1996 as a Europa stamp, Scott No. 2853, plus a publicity photo of the dancer, and a YouTube link to a scene from the 1939 movie "Maria de la O" featuring Carmen Amaya dancing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nvd-MALA7tw

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The story behind the above stamps,

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1. This infant can be taught (孺子可教) (NT$5): Zhang Liang lived in seclusion in the State of Hán during the Warring States Period (403-221 BCE). One day he was walking across a bridge when an old man in shabby clothing deliberately dropped his shoe under the bridge and rudely ordered Zhang Liang to pick it up and put it back on his foot. Zhang Liang quietly obeyed. The old man said “this infant can be taught.” Later he tested him to see if he really could stand insults that most people would flinch at and determined he was a person of outstanding talent, giving him Taigong’s Art of War and so enabled him to help Liu Bang, founder of the Han (206 BCE-220 AD) to gain the empire. The saying has since been applied to many young people who can be educated.

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2. To hold bamboo in your breast (胸有成竹) (NT$5): Wen Tong (aka. Yu Ke) of the Northern Song (960-1127 AD) excelled at poetry and painting and was particularly famed for his paintings of bamboo. He was a cousin of the poet Su Shi. He loved bamboo so much he planted a whole forest of bamboo outside his window and minutely observed how it grew and changed. Before he painted bamboo he already had the entire shape in his breast and so his hand responded perfectly to his heart and he succeeded in expressing the spirit of bamboo to perfection. “To hold bamboo in your breast” means that you must concentrate on whatever you do.

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3. To rub your eyes and see anew (刮目相看) (NT$5): Lü Meng, a general in the kingdom of Wu during the Three Kingdoms era (220-280 AD) had a hard childhood and rarely read books. Sun Quan, warlord of Wu, encouraged him many times to read books of history and military tactics and so develop his education. He obeyed and began to study furiously. Once General Lu Su of Wu was inspecting the camp Lü Meng was responsible for and, after talking things over, acknowledged that Lü Meng was no longer the most ignorant person in Wu. Lü Meng replied, “Scholars who are apart for three days, will see each anew if they but rub their eyes.”It is later used to refer to looking at things with fresh eyes.

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4. To add the eyes to the dragon (畫龍點睛) (NT$5). In the Record of Famous Artists, Zhang Yanyuan of the Tang (618-906 AD) notes that during the era of the Southern Dynasties (420-589 AD), in Liang, Zhang Sengyou once drew four dragons on the wall of Anle Temple in Jinling but did not give them eyes. He said, “If I paint their eyes, the dragons will fly away.” People thought he was fooling them and insisted he added the eyes. He did so for two of them, which in a crack of thunder broke the wall down and flew up to heaven on clouds. The expression to add the eyes to the dragon is later used to refer to adding a stroke in a key place in painting or writing such that the whole work will be more vibrant. It also means that in doing anything you have to grasp the essentials.

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Here are images of the four stamps in a set illustrating steps in the Abakwetha, the traditional Xhosa manhood initiation ceremony, designed by British-born South African artist A.H. Barrett, printed by lithography, and issued by Transkei (South Africa) on January 30, 1979, Scott Nos. 52-55.

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Here are images of the six stamps in a set depicting carnival parade costumes: Burst of beauty, Rain worshipper, Zodiac, Praying mantis, Eye of the hurricane, and Steel orchestra, printed by lithography, and issued by Trinidad and Tobago to publicize Carnival 78, Scott Nos. 296-301.

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Peul (aka Fula or Fulani) woman, Togo, designed and engraved by French artist Raoul Serres (1881-1971), printed by the Insitut de Gravure, and issued for use in French West Africa in 1947, Scott No. 46.

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Fang warrior, designed by French artist Léon Colmet-Daâge (1872-1915), printed by typography (letterpress), and issued for use in Gabon (French Equatorial Africa) in 1922, Scott No. 53.

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Here are images of the four engraved stamps in a set issued by (South) Vietnam on August 30, 1966 in celebration of Tet Trung Nguyen ("Wandering Souls' Day"), Vietnam's second largest festival of the year (after Tet Nguyen Dan, "Lunar New Year's Day"), Scott Nos. 283-85.

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Paper soldiers, designed by Nguyen Thi Hien.
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Man and woman making offerings, designed by Tran Ngoc Tang.
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Floating candles in paper boats, designed by Nguyen Huu Chau.
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Woman burning paper offerings, designed by Nguyen Uyen.
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Here are images of the three stamps in a set publicizing the First World Festival of Negro Arts, held in Dakar, Senegal, designed and engraved by French artist Claude Haley (1923-1988), and issued by Mali on April 4, 1966, Scott Nos. 83-85.

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Globe, quill pen, vase and trumpet.
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Palette with brushes, mask, microphones and globe.
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Globe, mask, dancers, and decorative textile.
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Traditional costumes of different Burmese ethnic groups, issued by Myanmar as indicated:

Burmese couple - issued in August 1991:

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Arakan woman - issued on November 12, 1990:

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Mon woman - issued on August 13, 1990:

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Here are images of the five stamps in a set depicting various Albanian folk dances, printed by lithography, and issued by Albania on February 21, 1979, Scott Nos. 1884-88.

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Here are images of the three stamps depicting subjects from Italian folklore, designed by several Italian artists, printed by photogravure, and issued by Italy on December 1, 1974 for Stamp Day, Scott Nos. 1170-72.

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Pulcinella (Punch), a classical character which originated in the commedia dell'arte of the 17th century, designed by L. Bocchini.
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Carnival masqueraders, designed by G. Faccincani.
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Pantaloon, a Venetian character in commedia dell'arte represented as a foolish old man wearing pantaloons, designed by A. Burdino.
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Here are images of the four stamps in a set depicting traditional Thai nang thalung shadow puppets, respectively: Preluder, "Theng" the Jester, Shiva and Rishi, printed by lithography on granite paper, and issued by Thailand on October 4, 2008 to publicize International Letter Writing Week, Scott Nos. 2384-87, plus a YouTube link to a short video about the Shadow Puppet Museum in Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gnp4H9XKCG0

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Two stamps depicting African dancers, issued on February 14, 1969 to publicize the Philexafrique stamp exhibition held in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

Man dancers from the Moundangs people of Chad, designed and engraved by Georges Bétemps and issued by Chad:

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Women dancers from Tengrela, Upper Volta (Burkina Faso), designed and engraved by Claude Haley and issued by Upper Volta

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