Filipino Catholics observe Lent with gory rituals

Filipino Catholics observe Lent with gory ritualsHundreds of barefoot Filipinos marched on roads, carrying heavy wooden crosses and whipping their backs until they bled on Thursday in an annual gory religious ritual as the mainly Catholic Philippines observed near the end of the Lenten season.

Minds and Bodies Revitalized At Bali’s Gathering for the Soul

Minds and Bodies Revitalized At Bali’s Gathering for the SoulBali knows how to party. But what’s more, the Island of the Gods knows how to bring people together to have a good time and be healthy while rallying behind important causes.

11 Reasons Chocolate Is Good for Your Health

11 Reasons Chocolate Is Good for Your HealthA new study suggests that eating chocolate can help you stay thin. Researchers at the University of California-San Diego found that people who frequently eat chocolate have lower body-mass indexes than people who don’t. Other evidence indicates that chocolate can also ward off strokes, heart attacks, and diabetes. So here are 11 reasons to indulge in some s’mores this summer (no word yet on the health benefits of marshmallows) …

The person who revealed the Maya script to the world

The person who revealed the Maya script to the worldThis year Yuri Knorozov would have turned 80. The Russian scientist proved false the hypothesis that the Maya script is impossible to decipher. The Moscow based Center of Mesoamerican Studies is named after him. The interest in Knorozov's personality is stirred by the predictions of the 2012 end of the word that was supposedly written in the Maya calendar.

Noted anthropologist, student of the “dark side,” dies

Noted anthropologist, student of the “dark side,” diesNeil L. Whitehead, a professor of anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, died Thursday, March 22 in Madison following a bout with illness.
Whitehead was known for his studies of the Amazon basin and Caribbean, and in particular his exploration of violence, warfare and what he called "dark shamanism."