The National Museum of Ethnology (Minpaku) is a research center for ethnology and cultural anthropology.
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West Asia

West Asia
 
West Asia
【Themes】
  • ●Religion
  • ●Living in the Desert
  • ●The Palestinian Diaspora
  • ●The Japanese and the Middle East
  • ●Sound Culture and Pop Culture
The people of West Asia, or the Middle East, call their land in Arabic mashriq,'the land of the rising sun'. Historically, they have kept close ties to the maghrib,'the land of the setting sun', that is, North Africa. These regions consist mainly of dry lands inhabited by nomadic peoples. Yet a network of cities such as Baghdad and Cairo also sustained a flourishing urban culture. Muslims are the majority in West Asia, but the region is also the cradle of Judaism and Christianity. This exhibit highlights the region's religious practices, nomadic life, women's dress, and music and dance, to show how global change has reached into people's lives.