Telling old lives' tales
For the past three months, a new rhythm runs through the days of Kwoico Salil Mukhia’s life in Kathmandu, Nepal. The 35-year-old, who founded Acoustic Traditional, an organisation which promotes oral storytelling and tribal folklore, spends all his time meeting NGOs and historians who work with Nepal’s indigenous tribes, drawing up meticulous maps of remote, hilly regions and having long chats with locals over tea.Soul Retrieving Shaman: On the Side of South Africa's Angels
As an 18 year old nurse, Katharine Lee, now 67, started “living it up, smoking and drinking and partying,” and the previously “naïve Christian girl who wanted to serve God with all her being,” became an atheist.
Alfred Gibson (Navajo), spiritual leader and medicine man, helps Native veterans heal from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) through the “enemy way” ceremony with the support of the Veterans Administration. While these therapies have been used by Native people for generations, over the past few years, the Veterans Administration has witnessed the power and value of the culutrally sensitive process.
CENTENARIAN Haji Suni Bijak is a traditional Malay medicine man who specialises in curing broken bones, eye ailments (jaundice), snake bites, heart problems and even budak nakal (hyperactive children).
And he does all these with a brew, made from a special tree bark, obtained from the jungles, and concocted with traditional medicinal knowledge passed down the generations.
The body of a British backpacker who died after taking a hallucinogenic drug during a tribal ritual was abandoned on a roadside by two local men, authorities in Colombia have said.