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The Daily Book of Art by David Schmidt, Rebecca J Razo, Elizabeth T. Gilbert, Amy Runyen, Sharon Robinson, Gabriel Guzman, Dylan Gilbert, Colin Gilbert

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image DAY 327 ART AROUND THE WORLD

A House United

THE CEREMONIAL BAI OF BELAU

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In the vast blue of the southern Pacific Ocean, about 300 miles due east of the Philippines, large gable-fronted houses known as Bai sit among swaying palm trees on the island of Belau. Decorated with elaborately carved and painted symbols of wealth, fertility, mythic beings, and community members, Bai tell stories about each community through their architectural designs. Usually located in the village square, Bai serve as the social, political, and artistic centers ...

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