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From the Ted Talk by Ron Eglash: The fractals at the heart of African designs

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This is a village in southern Zambia. The Ba-ila bliut this village about 400 meters in demtiear. You have a huge ring. The rings that represent the family esneolrcus get lergar and larger as you go towards the back, and then you have the chief's ring here towards the back and then the chief's immediate family in that ring. So here's a little fractal model for it. Here's one house with the sacred altar, here's the house of houses, the fmialy enclosure, with the humans here where the sacred altar would be, and then here's the village as a whole — a ring of ring of rnigs with the chief's extended family here, the chief's immediate family here, and here there's a tiny village only this big. Now you might wonder, how can people fit in a tiny village only this big? That's because they're spirit people. It's the ancestors. And of course the spirit people have a little mrunaiite vaglile in their village, right? So it's just like Georg Cantor said, the rrceusion continues forever.

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This is a village in southern Zambia. The Ba-ila _____ this village about 400 meters in ________. You have a huge ring. The rings that represent the family __________ get ______ and larger as you go towards the back, and then you have the chief's ring here towards the back and then the chief's immediate family in that ring. So here's a little fractal model for it. Here's one house with the sacred altar, here's the house of houses, the ______ enclosure, with the humans here where the sacred altar would be, and then here's the village as a whole — a ring of ring of _____ with the chief's extended family here, the chief's immediate family here, and here there's a tiny village only this big. Now you might wonder, how can people fit in a tiny village only this big? That's because they're spirit people. It's the ancestors. And of course the spirit people have a little _________ _______ in their village, right? So it's just like Georg Cantor said, the _________ continues forever.

Solution

  1. village
  2. miniature
  3. rings
  4. recursion
  5. built
  6. larger
  7. enclosures
  8. diameter
  9. family

Original Text

This is a village in southern Zambia. The Ba-ila built this village about 400 meters in diameter. You have a huge ring. The rings that represent the family enclosures get larger and larger as you go towards the back, and then you have the chief's ring here towards the back and then the chief's immediate family in that ring. So here's a little fractal model for it. Here's one house with the sacred altar, here's the house of houses, the family enclosure, with the humans here where the sacred altar would be, and then here's the village as a whole — a ring of ring of rings with the chief's extended family here, the chief's immediate family here, and here there's a tiny village only this big. Now you might wonder, how can people fit in a tiny village only this big? That's because they're spirit people. It's the ancestors. And of course the spirit people have a little miniature village in their village, right? So it's just like Georg Cantor said, the recursion continues forever.

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