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Bengal Monitors

Referred to locally as goshaap or guishaap, the Bengal monitor is a large lizard found throughout Bangladesh. Some folk tales have led to the belief that the bite of a Bengal monitor is venomous, and indeed some monitor species are venomous, but the Bengal monitor is not one of them. They are relatively harmless and will only bite in self-defense against a real or perceived threat. Young Bengal monitors are fair game for animal predators, but once fully grown and measuring approximately 175cm from snout to tail-tip, their main predators are humans who hunt them for food and extract their body fat for folk remedies. Despite loss of habitat and being hunted, Bengal monitors have a conservation status with the IUCN of 'least concern'.

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Alpana: Artistic Expressions of Devotion

As one of the many traditional arts of Bangladesh, alpana is an intensely personal ritualistic practice that continues to be an integral part of Bangladeshi culture today. Also known as alipana, this art of floor painting using a paste made from ground rice is performed as an individual offering to the Hindu gods in which the devotee asks for the fulfillment of a much-cherished desire and/or for protection and guidance in daily life. It is carried out as puja - an act of devotion - throughout the year, but takes on special significance during holy festivals and community events, such as weddings.

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Banyan Trees of Bangladesh

A unique temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva is located in the Akhaura Upazila of Chittagong Division's Brahmanbaria District. Standing fifteen feet tall, the temple's brick walls and roof can no longer be seen under the network of roots of a banyan tree (Ficus benghalensis). If it were not for the four entrances allowing access to the temple, one would not know that it was there at all. It is thought that the temple is around 150 years old, with the banyan tree possibly being up to 80 years old.

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Dhaka's Bailey Road Theaters

Running through Dhaka's Shantinagar suburb, connecting Kakrail-Ramna Road with Siddheshwari junction, Natok Saroni is the hub of the city's theater community. Previously known as Bailey Road, and still often referred to as such, the road was renamed Natok Saroni (Theater Road) in 2005 in acknowledgement of the theaters located along it and its cultural significant in Dhaka. The two main theaters on Natok Saroni are the Mahila Samiti Auditorium and the Guide House Auditorium, and in addition to these theaters, the road features restaurants, cafés and retail stores offering good food and an array of high quality garments.

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Versatile, Practical and Decorative Bamboo

Sometimes referred to as "the poor man's timber", bamboo is becoming popular around the world as an eco-friendly, sustainable product with a myriad of uses. This amazing plant has long been appreciated in Bangladesh where bamboo is used to make ladders, scaffolding, baskets, mats, fencing, toys, handicrafts and fishing rods, as well as in the construction of dwellings. In some parts of Bangladesh, bamboo leaves are used for thatched roofing and as fodder for animals. It is an important raw material in the production of paper, including hand-made paper, and is grown as windbreaks and to prevent soil erosion. During the rainy season the young tender bamboo shoots, known locally as banskorol are enjoyed as a tasty and nutritious vegetable.

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Prokritee: Promoting Bangladeshi Handicrafts

With its central office located in the city of Dhaka, Prokritee is a service-based agency that was created by the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) in 2001 to manage eight handicraft enterprises in Bangladesh by providing various supporting services to market their products in both local and foreign markets according to international Fair Trade standards. These eight enterprises offer poor rural women who are heads of their households the opportunity to earn an income and help their children to get an education, thereby improving the standard of living for their families and giving them hope for a brighter future.

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BGTF: Promoting Theater in Bangladesh

Established in November 1982 at the University of Dhaka's Teachers-Students Center, the main goal of the Bangladesh Group Theater Federation (BGTF) was to develop a unified organization to expand theater groups throughout Bangladesh. Today this nonprofit organization represents all active theater groups in Bangladesh, ensuring that all who make their living in the theater receive the necessary training and have access to opportunities to develop their skills. The organization also undertakes to keep theater and drama free from bureaucratic control; to bring social issues to the attention of the public through theater; to publish information relating to theater; to arrange workshops both nationally and internationally; to put in place welfare programs to benefit people working in Bangladeshi theater; and to arrange theater festivals throughout Bangladesh.

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Bangladeshi Crafts: Papermaking

The age-old traditions and crafts of Bangladesh continue to thrive even as the country moves ahead with the times. Skills and know-how have been passed down through generations, and by using ingenuity and marketing many Bangladeshi artisans continue to make a living out of traditional crafts such as wood carving, bone carving, textile manufacturing, leatherwork, ceramics, basket weaving, conch and shell craft, handmade paper, metal-craft, jewelry and embroidery, among others.

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