vocabulary - culture
Buddha
the mystic and founder of the Buddhism philosophy from India who is worshipped as a god.
cir·cum·fer·ence (noun)
the measure of the distance around something (such as the circumference of our head, the circle, land or of a planet)
cul·ture (noun)
Passed down behavior patterns, arts, beliefs, institutions, and all other products of human work and thought.
en·coun·ter (noun)
a clash; to come up against or meet, usually unexpectedly
en·light·en (noun)
to make aware or instructed; enlightenment: (noun) A blessed state where the individual attains the ideal state of wisdom and inner joy.
es·tate (noun)
property (land or objects) owned by someone
folk·lore (noun)
The traditional beliefs, myths, tales, and practices of a people, transmitted orally.
knowledge and culture, the unwritten literature (stories and proverbs and riddles and songs) of a culture.
form·er (adjective)
Having been in the past, previous
glo·bal (adjective)
relating to the entire earth, planet or globe
im·mor·tal·i·ty (noun)
endless existance; lasting fame; continuous life after death (from the root word "mortal" meaning human or human-like because it is able to die)
leg·end (noun)
Any wonderful story coming down from the past, but not verifiable by historical record
nymph (noun)
A minor goddess usually with magical powers living in forests and water or disguised within nature
phoe·nix (noun)
A bird in mythology that lived in the desert. Every 500 years it burns itself to death. Depending on the version of the myth, either the same bird renews itself or a new bird emerges and rises from the ashes. This is a symbol of immortality.
prog·e·ny (noun)
children, offspring or descendants
ref·uge (noun)
Protection or shelter from trouble or hardship
role (noun)
job; a function or position
ru·ral (adjective)
characteristic of country life or farming
sed·a·tive (noun)
something that has a soothing, calming, or tranquilizing effect
shel·ter (noun)
A refuge, something that provides cover or protection
spec·i·men (noun)
an item that occurs naturally such as fossils; the opposite of an artifact which is an item that is man-made such as an ancient spear or a vase
sym·bol
Something that stands for or means something else
- for example, road signs symbolize messages to drivers
- for example, a neighborhood full of well-kept homes and neat yards may be a symbol of pride
ton·ic (noun)
usually a medication that increases or restores strength or vigor to a body
tra·di·tion(noun)
A population's general thoughts or behavior followed continuously from generation to generation; a custom
can·o·py (noun)
The top layer or a protective roof-likecovering; in a forest, the canopy is formed by tree tops
u·ni·ver·sal (adjective)
worldwide (from the root word "universe")
vast (adjective)
very spacious, large, enormous
whoop·ing cough (noun)
A highly contagious disease of the respiratory system, usually affecting children. The symptoms are violent coughing accompanied by deep, noisy breathing.