Asian encounters (world gallery - gallery text)

Asian encounters

The world’s highest mountains, tallest buildings and largest cities are all in Asia. Asia is the largest continent, covering nearly one third of the world’s land area. It also has the largest population – 4.5 billion people. Agriculture, writing and science primarily emerged from Asian cultures and gave rise to many of the world’s great and enduring civilisations.

Asia was a name first used by the ancient Greeks more than 3,500 years ago to refer to the lands on the eastern Mediterranean coast. Gradually, the term described more and more lands and peoples further to the east, until it included most of the known Asian world.

The four encounters presented here reflect the diversity of religious and cultural beliefs across this vast continent.

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Thailand (Learning through stories) 3 cases
Nagaland (Baptising tiger spirits) 2 cases
Chinese cultures (Family obligations) 1 case
Himalayan people (The living mountains) 2 cases

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