Studying culture rather than shedding it in India

Studying culture rather than shedding it in IndiaIn a library deep in the western Indian countryside, in an academy surrounded by farms on all sides, five students are writing briskly in their ruled notebooks.

They are in their early 20s and newly enrolled, pimples dotting their faces and polish peeling from their nails.

But there is no discounting the gravity of their assignment: When they complete it, the world will have five more documented languages at its disposal.

Indigenous Health Center in Venezuela

Indigenous Health Center in VenezuelaA shamanic healing and training center was opened by Venezuelan authorities in eastern Delta Amacuro State, as part of efforts to support indigenous culture and development.
The institution is based on the knowledge of the Warao people, one of the more than 40 ethnic groups in Venezuela, and is the first of six such shamanic healing centers planned to rescue ancient values and culture.

Skeleton of 12,000-year-old shaman discovered buried with leopard, 50 tortoises and human foot

Skeleton of 12,000-year-old shaman discovered buried with leopard, 50 tortoises and human footThe skeleton of a 12,000 year-old Natufian Shaman has been discovered in northern Israel by archaeologists at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The burial is described as being accompanied by "exceptional" grave offerings - including 50 complete tortoise shells, the pelvis of a leopard and a human foot. The shaman burial is thought to be one of the earliest known from the archaeological record and the only shaman grave in the whole region.

Earliest known shaman grave site found: study

Earliest known shaman grave site found: studyAn ancient grave unearthed in modern-day Israel containing 50 tortoise shells, a human foot and body parts from numerous animals is likely one of the earliest known shaman burial sites, researchers said on Monday.

The 12,000-year-old grave dates back to the Natufian people who were the first society to adopt a sedentary lifestyle, Hebrew University of Jerusalem researcher Leore Grosman and colleagues said.

Obama has the support of Peruvian faith-healers

Obama has the support of Peruvian faith-healersBarack Obama apparently can count on the support of a majority of Peruvian faith healers. Each of the 11 shamans in a Peruvian faith-healing organization said Wednesday that they have foreseen victory in the U.S. presidential race: nine for Democrat Obama and two for his Republican rival John McCain.