Experience the rising of shamanism

Experience the rising of shamanismIn the 1970s, anthropologist Hank Wesselman was a graduate student working toward his doctorate degree from the University of California, Berkley, when he was brought into the world of the shaman. Wesselman was in the portion of Ethiopia known as the eastern African Great Rift Valley.

Fans of the memoir 'Eat Pray Love' should find the movie satisfying

Fans of the memoir "Eat Pray Love" does exactly what it should to satisfy its core audience: It provides a gorgeous escape, exquisitely photographed and full of female wish fulfilment. Yet it also offers sufficient emotional heft and self-discovery to make you feel as if you've actually learned something and, perhaps, emerged a better person solely through osmosis.

It's easy to see why author Elizabeth Gilbert's memoir became an international phenomenon, even without help from Oprah. Everyone's looking for something for answers, for their true and higher purpose and Gilbert had the fortitude (and the wherewithal) to take off alone on a journey around the world to find herself after her divorce.

First Australians have had to fight for any advance

First Australians have had to fight for any advanceAboriginal affairs has not loomed large (or even small) in this election campaign.

The first mention of a policy from either party was Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin announcing this week that a re-elected Labor government would seek constitutional recognition of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders.

Australia appears before UN over human rights

Australia appears before UN over human rightsAustralia has appeared before a United Nations panel in Geneva, accused of human rights violations against Aboriginal people and asylum seekers.

The UN panel is investigating whether the Australian Government has singled out Aborigines and asylum seekers with racist policies.

Archaeologists discover Britain's oldest home

Archaeologists discover BritainArchaeologists have found Britain's earliest house - constructed by Stone Age tribesmen around 11,000 years ago. The discovery is likely to change the way archaeologists view that early period.

Just 3.5 metres in diameter, the circular post-built house pre-dates other Stone Age buildings in the UK by up to a thousand years.