Shamanism: Spirits in the valley

Shamanism: Spirits in the valleyThe cultural heritage of pre-Islamic philosophy and mythology is so interwoven into the mountainous Gilgit-Baltistan that strands of it survive to this day. Religions born of their environments, the influence of centuries of Shamanism, Buddhism, Baoism and Zartosht are seen most clearly in their interaction with nature, where the word worship can be interchanged with respect for and love of.

Haka start for Timana Tahu

Haka start for Timana TahuStripped to his underpants and forced to do a haka, Australian rugby league star Timana Tahu felt very much a New Zealander yesterday.

He and other newcomers to the New Zealand Maori and Kiwis sides had to perform the ritual inside a circle of experienced team mates after the two teams had trained at Albany's North Harbour stadium.

Save the planet a message from another world

Save the planet  a message from another worldJacinto Zarabata sits in a suburban back garden in north London and unselfconsciously uses a stick to probe the inside of a gourd, which is shaped like a rather phallic mushroom with a bright yellow cap. The first member of the Kogi people of Colombia ever to visit Britain is wearing traditional rough cotton clothes and has a cloth bag slung over each shoulder as he chews toasted coca leaves.

"Hidden" Language Found in Remote Indian Tribe

"Hidden" Language Found in Remote Indian TribeA "hidden" language has been documented in an isolated hill tribe in a northeastern Indian region considered a "black hole" in the study of languages, linguists announced today.

The new language, Koro, is spoken by about a thousand people in Arunachal Pradesh (map), a state for which little linguistic data exist, due to restrictive entry policies, according to the linguists behind the findings.

WE'RE SORRY

WECeremony acknowledges centuries of mistreatment of Native Americans

Mennonites, Amish, Quakers, Presbyterians and government officials all laid down the stones of their misdeeds against Native Americans for the last 300 years.

They publicly acknowledged and apologized for the wrongs at a service Saturday morning at a crowded First Presbyterian Church in downtown Lancaster.

Their statements were formally received by a wide cross-section of local and regional Native Americans.

The service and a dedication of a Native American longhouse site at the Hans Herr House and Museum that followed were part of the Lancaster Roots celebration of the tricentennial anniversary of Lancaster County.