Chi Dlo Dil - The Laughing Party

Chi Dlo Dil - The Laughing PartyWhen a baby comes into this world, they are on loan, floating somewhere in between the spirit world and the solid world. Then comes the pivotal moment when they laugh. Some might call it an intrinsic human behavior because we’re all subject to human emotions like crying or laughing at some point.

The map that could re-create lost Aboriginal tree

The map that could re-create lost Aboriginal treeAn Aboriginal man from northwestern New South Wales -- the region of his Gamilaroi people -- has journeyed back in time and uncovered photographs of Aboriginal tree carvings that no longer exist.
Ronald Briggs' two-year search also unearthed a map compiled by anthropologist Clifton Towle that records the exact location of the tree carvings, which served as Aboriginal headstones and initiation sites.

Country of the Khans

Country of the KhansUlan Bator wakes to the racket of construction of new Hiltons and Shangri-Las: girders tearing through the shingly ground, cranes swaying over archipelagoes of nomads’ flat felt yurts. Old men in traditional cerulean kaftans with golden tassels, squinting through the smog, are helped over SUV-crammed roads by their children who sport black designer suits. I meet Ankaa, a sarcastic television stand-up comedian (typical joke: at 60 a Mongolian becomes wise; at 61 he dies). He wears drainpipe jeans and a fake Armani jacket, and fiddles with the latest iPhone. We are going to visit his shaman.

Amphiareion: Cures like a dream

Amphiareion: Cures like a dreamAmphiareion, in a fertile valley in northern Attica, 4 kilometers from the present-day village of Kalamos and 50 km from Athens, was a holy healing place and sanctuary in ancient times.
The system of healing that was employed there has been likened to shamanism, as it relied on a complex process including baths, fasting, meditation, animal sacrifice, a sleep ritual (enkoimesis) and the interpretation of patients’ dreams by the priests to prescribe the suitable therapy.

Archeologists dig up ancient civilization in Tuva

Archeologists dig up ancient civilization in TuvaThe head of Tuva, an autonomous republic within Russia, Mr. Sholban Kara-ool has said at a press conference that Tuva has many unique historic monuments.
Tuva is situated in southern Siberia. The religion of the local population is a mixture of shamanism and Buddhism.Mr. Kara-ool welcomed tourists from all over the world to come to Tuva and see what archeologists have found there.