The Vinča Culture

The Vinča CultureIn 1908, the largest prehistoric Neolithic settlement in Europe was discovered in the village of Vinca, just a few miles from the Serbian capital Belgrade, on the shores of the Danube. Vinca was excavated between 1918 and 1934 and was revealed as a civilisation in its own right.

Philippines: Tribal elder and son slain in bloody mining dispute

Philippines: Tribal elder and son slain in bloody mining disputeAlmalew (pronounced al-me-law), the Blaans’ way of expressing hatred and exacting revenge for killed or murdered kin. Why do angels of death strike before the break of day in this troubled paradise called Bong Mal? And why did they murder the tribe’s most respected sage – the fulong ?

Speaking with the spirits

Speaking with the spiritsEvery year in the week leading to the full moon of Wahkaung, tens of thousands of pilgrims flock to Myanmar's biggest Nat festival.
The crowds gathered for six days in Taungbyone village near Mandalay in honour of two ancient spirit brothers, Shwe Hpyin Gyi and Shwe Hpyin Lay. The event brings together thousands of festive worshippers who dance together with spirit mediums, feast on snacks by the roadside and shop for souvenirs.

For Navajo medicine man, ceremony and tribal custom is at the center

For Navajo medicine man, ceremony and tribal custom is at the centerFARMINGTON — "Over a peace pipe, it shall be done."
That's one way Francis Mitchell summons people he meets to keep in touch with Navajo culture. At 67, Mitchell is a Navajo medicine man, a Vietnam veteran, father of nine and mentor and spritual advisor to many.

REVELATIONS: Turkish coffee with a side of shamanism

REVELATIONS: Turkish coffee with a side of shamanismI can't tell you how many times I've traveled to New York.
Ten times? Fifteen? I lost track years ago.
But each time I visit, I'm exposed to something new and exciting that resonates with me for years.