Mongolia’s ‘reindeer’ people jump into the future

Mongolia’s ‘reindeer’ people jump into the futureBayanjargal laughed as she watched the three of us from NBC News turn on our cell phones for the first time in 24 hours and maniacally start emailing and texting. We probably were a ridiculous sight – hungry, dishevelled, basically slightly worse for wear after having flown two hours and then bumped along another ten hours inside a Russian UAZ van. But that wasn’t why Bayanjargal was grinning so widely.>>>

Lecture links religion and evolution

Lecture links religion and evolutionSpeaker claims religious rituals help humans evolve

What do apes, shamans and getting high have to do with religion and the evolution of life? According to retired Arizona State University professor Michael Winkelman – everything.

Thursday evening, Winkelman visited the Marjorie Barrick Museum Auditorium to present his lecture “Supernatural as Natural: Religion and Human Evolution” to a full house of scientists, priests, believers, nonbelievers and the confused.

Heavenly creatures

Heavenly creaturesCosmic Creatures: Textiles from Northeast Lao Communities / Cosmic Creatures, an exhibition of textiles from Northeast Lao communities at the East-West Center Gallery, will delight anyone with an interest in fiber arts and/or an interest in the cultures of southeast Asia. But it is also more generally enticing, invoking as it does an impulse, both aesthetic and spiritual, to weave a world entire.

Pop stars & top models flock to village shaman

Pop stars & top models flock to village shamanHe’s credited with predicting the financial crisis and helping Russian athletes win gold in the 2004 Olympic Games: Shaman Valentin Hagdaev claims to have sacred gifts and healing powers.
Hagdaev’s followers include some well known Russian celebrities as well as ordinary people. However, his feet are firmly planted in the modern world

Yahya Jammeh's state witch-hunters kidnap villagers in western Gambia

Yahya JammehDRESSED in ankle-length vermilion robes, adorned with hundreds of tiny cracked mirrors, the witch-hunters had first been spotted by watchmen, through the flames of their campfires, emerging from the bush in the dead of night.

Aroky Bajung, a mother of six, was one of the first sleeping villagers to wake. She caught fleeting glimpses of ceremonial gowns glinting in the moonlight as the tall strangers flitted between houses like ghosts. She grabbed her children and cowered under her bed, praying for morning to come