Peru brew a powerful potion

Peru brew a powerful potionGo Feedback: Ayahuasca, a ritual hallucinogenic drink, is an unforgettable experience and an insight into a culture with a radically different way of looking at the world, writes Brian Marconi

PERU IS rightly famous for Machu Picchu and its many other Incan ruins. But these days a growing number of travellers are choosing to sample one of the country’s more infamous historical treasures: Ayahuasca.

Return of the Black Art: Witches, wizards go public, hold retreat

Return of the Black Art: Witches, wizards go public, hold retreatWONDERS shall never end, even as Christians say that the termination of the world is near, very near indeed.
Last week, the media was agog with reports that an “association” of witches and wizards held a press conference!
And its supposed members told some politicians of the misfortune awaiting them in the on-going political contests in the country. Not that the warnings were bad in themselves, but many a Nigerian were baffled at the source they were emanating from.

Clashing cultures raise issues in business

Clashing cultures raise issues in businessHow do we accommodate our multicultural practices in modern economies? What does an employer do when an employee announces the decision to heed an ancestral call to become a sangoma - but does not know how long it will take to complete the training and return to work?

Cave Drops Hints to Earliest Glass of Red

Cave Drops Hints to Earliest Glass of RedScientists have reported finding the oldest known winemaking operation, about 6,100 years old, complete with a vat for fermenting, a press, storage jars, a clay bowl and a drinking cup made from an animal horn. Grape seeds, dried pressed grapes, stems, shriveled grapevines and residue were also found, and chemical analyses indicate red wine was produced there.

Two spirit love on the rez

Two spirit love on the rez“They were bawling their eyes out,” Waawaate Fobister recalls. Fobister had just performed Agokwe, his award-winning play about gay love on the rez, for the first time in front of all his native peers in Kenora, Ontario.
"I had really jock-y guys going, 'Fuck man, that was a really good play, yo!'" says Waawaate Fobister, recalling the first time he performed his award-winning play Agokwe in front of his native peers. The play opens in Vancouver on Jan 17.