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Asian Geographic JUNIOR Issue 5 - 2015

In ASIAN Geographic Junior's "Living Legends" we take you on a journey of exploration through Asia's incredible cultural legacies; from ancient lost civilisations that mysteriously disappeared to ground-breaking inventions that have shaped the world as we know it today. Find out how to become a black-belt master of Kung Fu, let your mind soar with dragons, or discover the Asian monks that have gained real-life superpowers. With a mix of fantastic stories, activities and of course, never ending fun - we're about to explore Asia's exciting and enduring heritage in a way that's never been done before.

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AbrasiveA material used for grinding, polishing, or cleaning a hard surfaceBastionsA protected place, or something or someone that holds firm to an idea or principleChokMeans “Fight!” in Muay ThaiControversialSomething that is likely to cause a disagreementDemiseDeath or deceaseDoryokoIn karate it means to give your best effortDoshasIn ayurvedic medicine, one of the energies that links the body and the mind and can define a type of personExposeMake something visible by uncovering itFolkloreThe traditional beliefs and legends of a group of peopleHanshiFor many of the Japanese arts it means “to master”IdeologiesA system of ideas and idealsImposeTo force something on someoneInquisitiveHaving or showing an interest in learning thingsInsomniaDifficulty in falling or staying asleepLegacySomething or someone that comes from the past that has influenced the presentPainstakinglyTaking or showing great careResolutionA firm decision to do…

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fun facts

In Thailand it’s bad luck to have your hair cut on a Wednesday.In Vietnam, New Year is also everybody’s bir thday! Ever ybody’s age is measured in lunar years and so everyone gets a year older when the clock strikes “Tet”!Nine out of 10 of the world’s tallest buildings are found in Asia.The government monitors the waist size of Japanese people, and steps in if they are considered to be overweight.Around 30 million people in China still live in ecofriendly caves!In Korea, silk worms are a real delicacy! Dried then steamed or boiled, and sold on the street they are soft and chewy.Even though China is massive, the whole country only has one time zone.For more than 300 years, Chinese men were legally forced to wear their hair in that…

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mighty martial arts

This is a sport that is constantly growing, attracting new talent and people looking to test their strength, flexibility and technique – and you can too!The martial arts, known as kung fu to the Chinese, are traditions of combat practices that are used for a variety of reasons; whether for self-defence, in competitions, or to improve health and fitness. There are many different forms ranging from Judo to Karate, each with their own set of skill bases and techniques; it can be hard to keep up!FROM THE MONASTERIES TO THE MOVIES!The martial arts that you see on the television today, or at your local sports centre, are thought to have begun in 527 AD with the Shaolin monks. Flexible, mysterious and deadly, the monks perfected the practice for self-defence against…

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legendary inventions

You might think science is limited to people in white coats and labs full of bubbling potions and high-tech equipment, but you’d be wrong! Science is all around you!A lot of the things you might take for granted, from the food in your lunch box, to the paper in your textbooks, were invented and perfected by some very brainy (and sometimes just downright lucky) people. Some inventions have literally changed the world, and many of them started out right here in Asia. CITY OF GLASSWe start our journey in 3,000 BC on a beach on the Syrian coast. Two Phoenician sailors are about to discover glass by accident – by lighting a fire with saltpeter on the sand, and sparking a chemical reaction. It’s a discovery that will be used…

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MASSKARA FESTIVALOctober 17Bacolod City, PhilippinesMassKara is a cheery festival held in Bacolod City. The word “MassKara” is literally two words, “mass” and “kara” combined together. “Mass” means mask, while “Kara” means face. Yes, this festival involves elaborate masks and costumes! However, this vibrant festival started back in 1980, when the economy of Bacolod went into crisis. Their main crop, sugar cane, couldn’t compete with new sweet substitutes like corn syrup. So, the festival was created to encourage the people to keep smiling and persevere through the tough times. KEO PAGODA FESTIVALOctober 25VietnamThis festival is held to commemorate the Buddhist monk, Duong Khong Lo. He was the one who built the famous Buddhist temple, the Keo Pagoda in the 17th century. Duong Khong Lo had humble beginnings, starting out as a…

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bendy body, steady mind

Yoga, and its health benefits, is no well-kept-secret – being practiced worldwide from Malaysia to Morocco. Its trendy popularity means that it might appear to be something of a modern-day phenomenon; much like the handheld selfie. But yoga is in fact an ancient spiritual discipline that started thousands of years ago in Asia.Featuring in the world’s oldest existing book, the Rig-Veda (no, not Harry Potter), yoga was described as being used in Buddhism, Jainism and Hinduism. It was originally used as a way to better understand the world, and as a path to enlightenment. However, nowadays people use it more as an ideal way to escape the hustle and bustle of modern life, improve their health and get the feel-good-factor from being able to do a handstand with their toes…