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India : about tribals and the worship of spirits

In India, the jungle is considered as a living universe built up by the 5 primordial elements ( water, fire, earth, air, space). The jungle is inhabited by animals and plants of course but also by spirits who move freely. … Continue reading

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India : the Santal tribe

Among the many tribes living in India, the largest one is the Santal. Most of them live in the states of Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal and Orissa. And even in Bangla desh. In the past, Santal were nomads wandering from place to … Continue reading

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India : about a man who lives alone since years and corruption

In april 2012, elections were held in India. Something normal in a country that is proud to consider itself as the largest democracy in the world. Even if such a claim is a pure fallacy, a ( electronic) polling booth had been installed in the … Continue reading

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Among the Bonda, one of the most primitive tribe in India

The “Bonda” are one of the many tribes living in the jungles of Orissa ( an eastern Indian state), one of the most primitive undoubtedly. Though few in numbers ( something like 6.000), they have successfully retained the distinctive features of … Continue reading

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India : “religious fencing” to save the forest

It’s a strange sight so early in the misty morning. Draped in a tiger skin, a man walks ungainly along the hills. He is followed by a group of villagers who are beating drums, some of them are even chanting incomprehensible “shloka” (“shloka”are … Continue reading

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Nepal : local communities are fighting against the climate warming

Decades of deforestation had decimated arable lands, reduced water tables and threatened the survival of communities totally depending on agriculture. 30 years ago in Nepal, nobody bothered about the forests. People used to cut trees to heat themselves and cook. … Continue reading

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