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Shekhawati, an open museum in India

The semi-desert region of Shekhawati ( in the western state of Rajasthan) is a colourful fantasy having a fascination of its own. An open air museum famous for its plethora of painted “haveli” ( urban mansion). Shekhawati means “the land … Continue reading

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India : about sorcery and witchcraft

The unknown, the unexplainable has always aroused fears in man. This is were the occult fills the bill. For many people in India ( most of the time illiterate people), magic and superstition serve as a ready substitute for knowledge … Continue reading

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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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India : Moinuddin Chishti, a sufi master

Ten years ago, in september 2002, a bizarre incident happened at Ajmer, a town in the Indian western state of Rajasthan. A 37 year old man died by jumping into a large cauldron of boiling rice ( it can contain up to 3 … Continue reading

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Adoption in traditional India

In a country where having a son is so important, adoption is a fairly common practice since long. Those who do not have male children usually want to adopt a male child to continue their line of succession. In Rajasthan … Continue reading

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Kalbeliya, nomads of the Indian desert

Kalbeliya are a community living in the Thar desert, in the Indian state of Rajasthan. Considered as untouchables, these independent people try to do their own things their own way, they try to preserve their values and customs despite the … 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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