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Nepal : about Tharus and newcomers in Taraï region

In the southern plains of Nepal is living the Tharu tribe, the second largest ethnic community of the country. Two mysteries surround them : where they come from and how they came to be resistant to malaria. Some anthropologists speculate … Continue reading

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The five pillars of Islam

There are five practices (“akran”), known as the five pillars of Islam, which are generally accepted as being obligatory to Muslims. “Shahada” : the profession of faith ( “There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is his messenger”) which … Continue reading

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The “parsi” : a community threatened with extinction

“Within 50 years, may be we will no more exist” worry the last 67.000 “parsi” of India, almost all of them living in Mumbaï, the economic capital of the country. This tight-knit community left Persia ( now Iran) in the … Continue reading

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India : where women are married to young boys…

Through most of the day, Usmail carries sandstone slabs at a quarry in the Thar desert ( Rajasthan, India). It’s a back-breaking work under the unforgiving sun and anybody would be happy to return home when the day’s work is … Continue reading

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India : Mira Baï, a mystical princess who renunced everything to live her passion

Mira Baï, a 16° century princess, is still famous for the numerous hymns she wrote, all in praise of Krishna, the god of love, one of the main hindu gods. Her poems are still sung in northern India, and in … Continue reading

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India : children married to puppies

In Jharkhand ( one of the indian states), man’s best friend sometimes become his lifelong partner too. Recently, three boys and two girls ( all of them are tribals) were married to puppies in a village. Salu, the mother of one of … Continue reading

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India : child marriages are still a common practice

Every year in april-may, thousands of young boys and girls are given in wedlock in the indian state of Rajasthan. Sometimes, the girl is as young as 2 years old ( and the boy not much older ). The law … Continue reading

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