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India : the Bhil tribe

Bhils are the largest tribe in South Asia ( about 13.000.000 people). They live in the Indian states of Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Maharashtra and also in Pakistan. There was a time when they were known as fine archers hence their … Continue reading

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Pushkar, a town of legends in the Thar desert

It is no exaggeration to say that, in some parts of Rajasthan ( one of the many Indian states, and probably the most colourful), the income from cattle is almost equal, if not more, than the income from agriculture. The … Continue reading

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Shamanism in Nepal

More ancient than any religion, shamanism is followed in diverse ways throughout the world by peoples fortunate enough to have been overlooked by the institutional religions. Variously described as medicine men, witch doctors or oracles, shamans perform mystical rituals to … Continue reading

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Colonial influence on Indian textiles

The textile of the Indians were used by their colonial masters for their own purposes, leading to the exploitation of weavers and the creation of a cultural hotch-potch. Native cultures the world over have been affected by imperialism and its … Continue reading

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Pakistan : Shah Daula, a muslim saint

During the reign of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan ( 1627-1658, he is the one who ordered the construction of the Taj Mahal), the town of Sialkot ( Punjab province, Pakistan) became home to the saint Pir Shah Daula, a … 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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Nepali food

Nepal lies at the intersection of two great culinary traditions, Indian and Chinese. The simple cooking of the hills – Nepal’s heartland – is essentially a regional variation of north Indian food, comprising rice, lentils, curried vegetables, meats and chutneys. … Continue reading

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Nepal : From Lumbini, the Buddha’s birthplace

For the world’s one billion buddhists, Lumbini ( now a small village in southern Nepal) is where it all began. The Buddha’s birthplace is arguably the single most important historical site in Nepal – not only the source of one … Continue reading

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The end of the world is near but Shiva will save us

The Mayans have predicted the end of the world will occur on 21 december 2012. While some believe a cataclysm is going to destroy the universe, others may consider the time of Shiva has come.   For hindus, Shiva is one of the three most important gods. … Continue reading

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Nepal : the Sherpas

Nepal’s most famous ethnic group, the Sherpas probably migrated to Solu-Khumbu ( the nepalese district where is located the Mount Everest) four or five centuries ago from eastern Tibet; their name means “people from the east”. They were originally nomads, driving … Continue reading

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