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Born in the 19th-century brothels of Buenos Aires, the tango borrows its sounds from many nations. The drum beats of Africa keep time with the melodies of Spain and South America in this dance of fatality and sorrow.  
Credit: Hollingsworth Studios 
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The bagpipes are regarded as Scottish, their origins can be traced back to the early civilizations of the Fertile Crescent. Seven thousand years later, it has spread throughout the world.  
Credit: Corel 
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Whirling Dervishes, the members of the Islamic Mevlevi Order, are practitioners of an ancient spiritual ceremony. Their chanting, dancing, and poignant music are intended to instill the faithful with a feeling of ecstatic, mystical flight.  
Credit: Turkey Ministry of Tourism 
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The Chinese Theatre, which had its first premiere in 1927, has been the site of more Hollywood opening nights than any other theatre. Its sidewalk is the home of the immortalized hand-, foot-, and hoof-prints of hundreds of Tinsel Town legends.  
Credit: Corbis 
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The tribal life of Kenya's Masai is full of ritual celebration. Their most important ceremonies are associated with stages of male development, including the passage into manhood, ritual circumcision, and passage into elder status.  
Credit: Corbis 
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Wayang Kulit, the highly stylized performances of Indonesian shadow puppets, is one of the oldest traditions of storytelling. Puppet-masters continue to tell the stories of 1st-century epics like the Mahabarata.  
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Asian dance is rooted both in the natural and spiritual. Many forms derive their style from Hindu and Buddhist religious traditions, using precise movements of the head and limbs to act out poems, dramas, and myths.  
Credit: Hollingsworth Studios 
 
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