The Day of the Dead

The Day of the Dead

Added over 2 years ago

The Day of the Dead or Día de Muertos is a national holiday and festival of remembrance observed throughout Mexico and in more recent times, around the world...

 

Photo credit: Luisroj96

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The Ethiopian Cross

The Ethiopian Cross

Added over 4 years ago

One of the oldest symbols adopted by the Church, the cross, retains its purest form in Ethiopia, where it can be found in three principal forms: the processional cross, hand cross and the pendant cross...

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Birthstone for February: the Amethyst

Birthstone for February: the Amethyst

Added over 4 years ago

Amethyst is the purple variety of quartz (SiO2). The name originates from Greek and means “not intoxicated", a reference to the belief held by the ancient Greeks and Romans that the stone prevented drunkenness...

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Polyandry, or the practice of taking multiple husbands

Polyandry, or the practice of taking multiple husbands

Added over 4 years ago

The custom of taking multiple wives, or polygyny, is well known. The opposite custom, the taking of two or more husbands or polyandry, is rather less well known, and is becoming a very rare practice indeed in the modern world...

Tibetan polyandry. Picture courtesy of the Tibet Travel Centre

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The Evil Eye

The Evil Eye

Added over 4 years ago

I remember, as a small child, my mother doing a curious thing. She placed a pot of water on the stove to boil, then threw in a handful of lubia as she called them, black-eyed beans. As the pot boiled furiously, several of the beans jumped out, and each time one did my mother called “emshee! emshee!” (go away ! go away!) in Arabic. She was, as she explained to me later, removing the evil eye from our house...

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Lawar: a Balinese Delicacy

Lawar: a Balinese Delicacy

Added over 5 years ago

If you’ve ever been to Bali, you’ve probably sampled a version of the local savory delicacy called lawar. One of the island’s most iconic dishes, lawar literally means “thinly sliced” or “finely chopped”, and consists of chopped meat and vegetables mixed together with fragrant spices and herbs. It is typically served at important Balinese events and ceremonies. However, visitors to Bali can easily find different versions of lawar in most restaurants and warungs...

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Balinese House Compounds: a Microcosom of the Universe

Balinese House Compounds: a Microcosom of the Universe

Added over 5 years ago

A visitor to the smaller towns and villages of Bali would be forgiven for thinking that temples adorn every street corner and all of the spaces in between. High walls with the smallest of doorways allow only the briefest of views by passers-by, while above the walls there are tantalizing glimpses of exquisitely carved shrines, some no larger than birdcages. However, these are all in fact private residences, more properly called compounds or karangs, which may house several generations of Balinese families at one time.

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River of Dreams, River of Destruction

River of Dreams, River of Destruction

Added over 5 years ago

This year’s Loy Krathong festival in Thailand takes on a poignant significance with Bangkok submerged in floods...

Story by By Andrew Forbes and Colin Hinshelwood. Photo: Celebrating Loy Krathong in Lumpini Park, Bangkok, Thailand. Photo by Robertpollai

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Today I Went Down Some Spooky Old Stairs: a Photo Essay

Today I Went Down Some Spooky Old Stairs: a Photo Essay

Added over 5 years ago

And in the spirit of spooky month, Kashgar presents a guest article by photo journalist  Ruykyu Mike , who lives in Japan and specialises in photos of wildlife, festivals and travel sites. Sharing tips for travelers with a twist of humour is part of the life Mike loves on the Island of Okinawa.

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Hungry Ghosts: their History and Origin

Hungry Ghosts: their History and Origin

Added over 5 years ago

In the tradition of Halloween in the month of October, Kashgar brings you another legend to chill your bones, about the hungry ghosts of Eastern lore. More properly called preta or peta, these are the ghostly remnants of the dead who are afflicted with insatiable desire, hunger or thirst as a result of bad deeds or evil intent carried out in their life times...

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