Uruguay’s Afro-cultural tradition becomes world heritage

Uruguay’s Afro-cultural tradition becomes world heritageCandombe, a dance and choreography of strong cultural tradition among the Afro-River Plate population which was originally brought by slaves mainly to Uruguay, was declared Wednesday as belonging to the world’s Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, Unesco.>>>

Tuvans keen to protect traditions

Tuvans keen to protect traditionsThe Russian republic of Tuva situated in the far south of Siberia is one of the remotest spots on earth, but now there is talk of building a railway. Angela Robson has been to Tuva, where there are fears that this could ruin a unique way of life.

At around 0300 the temperature in the yurt plummets and the wind begins to howl.

A young nomadic woman, who had earlier tucked me into my makeshift bed on the floor, snores loudly in my ear. >>>

Religious freedom association forming in Mongolia

Religious freedom association forming in MongoliaReligious freedom supporters in Mongolia this month moved to form a national chapter of the International Religious Liberty Association (IRLA), a step they hope will encourage the government to implement greater principles of freedom of belief.
If officially approved, the new Mongolian Religious Liberty Association -- comprised of religious, government and academia members -- will encourage a more literal interpretation of the nation's constitutional guarantee of religious freedom.>>>

Welcoming Shamans

Welcoming ShamansVa Meng Lee, a Hmong shaman, performed a ceremony intended to summon the runaway soul of Chang Teng Thao, who has diabetes, at Mercy Medical Center in Merced, Calif. Under a new policy recognizing the role of traditional healers, the hospital is inviting Hmong shamans to perform nine approved ceremonies. The policy is the first of its kind in the country.>>>

The untold story of Obama's mother

The untold story of ObamaThe shadow puppeteer flicks his wrist as he beats a stumpy stick against a wooden box and begins a dramatic introduction to a story about Kunti, a mother who fights for social justice. This is Pucung, a remote Indonesian village where skeletal leather puppets, some of Indonesia's best-known handicrafts, are made. The character has a mass of black hair. Ann Dunham, too, was famous for her shock of black hair, which she claimed came from a trace of Cherokee blood in her veins. Barack Obama's mother also did more for social justice in her adopted Indonesia than her son's accounts suggest.>>>