A look at life in and around Russia’s Lake Baikal

A look at life in and around Russia’s Lake BaikalIn South-Eastern Siberia there is an amazing wonder of nature – Lake Baikal. It is so vast and deep that locals call it the sea. But its water is pure and fresh: a fifth of the Earth’s freshwater is contained in this lake.

How To Heal Toxic Energy

How To Heal Toxic EnergyOne night I had a powerful dream. I was standing around a water cooler with a group of coworkers. Our conversation seemed to be cordial, but I became aware that some of the workers were sending psychic/invisible "punches" to the others. I would say to one who'd been punched, "Are you okay?" And then to the other, "Did you see what you just did?" I was shocked by how unconscious people were of their behavior.

Chi Dlo Dil - The Laughing Party

Chi Dlo Dil - The Laughing PartyWhen a baby comes into this world, they are on loan, floating somewhere in between the spirit world and the solid world. Then comes the pivotal moment when they laugh. Some might call it an intrinsic human behavior because we’re all subject to human emotions like crying or laughing at some point.

The map that could re-create lost Aboriginal tree

The map that could re-create lost Aboriginal treeAn Aboriginal man from northwestern New South Wales -- the region of his Gamilaroi people -- has journeyed back in time and uncovered photographs of Aboriginal tree carvings that no longer exist.
Ronald Briggs' two-year search also unearthed a map compiled by anthropologist Clifton Towle that records the exact location of the tree carvings, which served as Aboriginal headstones and initiation sites.

Country of the Khans

Country of the KhansUlan Bator wakes to the racket of construction of new Hiltons and Shangri-Las: girders tearing through the shingly ground, cranes swaying over archipelagoes of nomads’ flat felt yurts. Old men in traditional cerulean kaftans with golden tassels, squinting through the smog, are helped over SUV-crammed roads by their children who sport black designer suits. I meet Ankaa, a sarcastic television stand-up comedian (typical joke: at 60 a Mongolian becomes wise; at 61 he dies). He wears drainpipe jeans and a fake Armani jacket, and fiddles with the latest iPhone. We are going to visit his shaman.