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Faces of the World – Saudi Arabia

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Faces of the World: Saudi Arabia

I have not done a Faces of the World in awhile… This is the first randomly generated country today. The woman is actually the Saudi Princess Ameerah Al Taweel. The man is from a photo in a tech article.

The main ethnic group in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is Arab and the official religion is Islam.

Faces of the World – Bangladesh

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Faces of the World: Bangladesh

Bengali Actor, Arefin Shuvo, and a girl from a Bengali Village.

Ethnic Bengali’s make up 98% of their population, and their main Religion (83%) is Islam. However, 16% practice Hinduism. Bangladesh is a hierarchical society. Age and position are respected. Bangladesh gained its independence from Pakistan in 1971.

Faces of the World – Zimbabwe

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Faces of the World: Zimbabwe

There are two main indigenous tribes/ethnic groups of Zimbabwe. They are the Shona (who make up 80% of the population), and the Ndebele (who make up 12% of the population. This man and woman are of the Shona group. The Ndebele can usually be identified by the rings worn to elongate their necks. The country also still has a very small amount of Europeans as it was once a British colony until about 50 years ago. The main religion of Zimbabwe is Christianity. Other religions present are Islam, and Baha’i.

Faces of the World – Lebanon

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Faces of the World: Lebanon

Our Lebanese faces are, Lebanon born and raised American Actor, Haaz Sleiman, and Lebanese singer/actress, May Hariri.

Haaz has been in all kinds of American TV series and movies.

Historically, Lebanon was home to the Canaanite-Phoenicians, then followed the Assyrians, Persians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Ottomans Turks, and finally the French. Lebanon is ethnically diverse place with a very enriched/fused culture. Lebanon officially gained its independence from France in 1943. Lebanon is nearly equally Muslim and Christian, but Muslims do have the majority.

Faces of the World – Trinidad and Tobago

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Faces of the World: Trinidad and Tobago

Our Trinidadian faces are a carnival goer from Port of Spain, and the famous Nikki Minaj, who was born in St. James. Both are mixed with African and East Indian ancestry.

Trinidad and Tobago is a twin Island country and though closer to South America, is culturally much like the Caribbean. Trinidad especially is one of the most culturally diverse places in the world. It has changed hands between many colonist, such as the Spaniards, the British, French, and even the Dutch. Some of the colonist brought slaves and indentured servants from Africa and India. Over time, people culturally diffused and intermarried. Tobago remains more distinctly African, but Trinidad is so diverse that Trinidadians are known to claim they are not African, or Indian (which are the largest ethnic groups of the island), but they are Trinidadian.

The main ethnic groups of Trinidad are: Indian, African, Carib and Arawak (Amerindian), Spanish and Portuguese. The main religions of Trinidad are: Christianity, Hinduism, and Islam.

Random Fact of the Day – Yemen

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Yemen is the only country in the Middle East that is a Republic, yet it is one of the most Conservative. For example Alcohol is forbidden and it is also a forbidden to take photos of women. Many historians believe that Yemen was the ancient homeland of “Queen of Sheba” (Balqis or Bilqis in Arabic). Her dealings with the Jewish king Solomon have been mentioned in the Bible and Qur’an. Since the history and culture of Yemen is ancient and somewhat preserved, the Queen of Sheba may have looked similar to this Yemeni woman in traditional formal dress.