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The sixth-century Kiz Kala fortress is one of the well-preserved remains of ancient Merv, once a major city on the Silk Road. Located on the southern edge of Turkmenistan’s Karakum desert, Merv became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1999. (source) 

The sixth-century Kiz Kala fortress is one of the well-preserved remains of ancient Merv, once a major city on the Silk Road. Located on the southern edge of Turkmenistan’s Karakum desert, Merv became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1999. (source

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#Kiz Kala fortress  #Merv  #Silk Road  #UNESCO World Heritage Site  #Turkmenistan  #Türkmenistan  #Karakum Desert 
Afghan men and boys enjoy a day at the pool in Kabul, Afghanistan’s beleaguered capital. Shattered by decades of war, stability remains tenuous in a country where young boys have often helped shoulder the burdens of conflict. (source) 

Afghan men and boys enjoy a day at the pool in Kabul, Afghanistan’s beleaguered capital. Shattered by decades of war, stability remains tenuous in a country where young boys have often helped shoulder the burdens of conflict. (source

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#Afghan boys  #Afghan men  #Afghanistan  #Afghans  #Kabul  #swimming pool  #افغانستان 
Mehndi is a ceremonial art form which originated in ancient India. Muslims also use it as an up coming of age. Intricate patterns of mehndi are typically applied to brides before wedding ceremonies. The bridegroom is also painted in some parts of India. In Rajasthan, the grooms are given designs that are often as elaborate as those for brides. In Assam, apart from marriage, it is broadly used by unmarried women during Rongali bihu, but there are no restrictions on its use by married women. (source) 

Mehndi is a ceremonial art form which originated in ancient India. Muslims also use it as an up coming of age. Intricate patterns of mehndi are typically applied to brides before wedding ceremonies. The bridegroom is also painted in some parts of India. In Rajasthan, the grooms are given designs that are often as elaborate as those for brides. In Assam, apart from marriage, it is broadly used by unmarried women during Rongali bihu, but there are no restrictions on its use by married women. (source

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#henna tattooing  #mehndi 
A Saudi women attends the traditional Arda dance, or War dance, during the Janadriyah Festival of Heritage and Culture, on the outskirts of the Saudi capital Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Friday, April 29.
-Hassan Ammar/AP

A Saudi women attends the traditional Arda dance, or War dance, during the Janadriyah Festival of Heritage and Culture, on the outskirts of the Saudi capital Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Friday, April 29.

-Hassan Ammar/AP

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#Saudi Arabia  #Saudi Arabian woman  #Saudi woman  #Janadriyah Festival of Heritage and Culture  #Hassan Ammar  #AP  #Riyadh  #السعودية