Living gods of the Himalayas
This time I set out for Devbhoomi, the land of the Gods, to encounter the reality of experience and the collective consciousness of a system of belief that is unique in its cultural context but common to all our histories.
Basking in the shadow of the majestic Himalayas, Kullu valley is a pastoral delight. Here people live off the land, mostly in villages, and Manali is its only cosmopolitan oasis.
THE oldest ground-edge tool in the world has been discovered in Arnhem Land, prompting scientists to reconsider exactly when the technique of grinding to make tools sharp entered the Stone Age.
Unearthed from a sandstone cave in a remote part of south-west Arnhem Land in May, the basalt axe piece measuring 4 centimetres in length has been radio-carbon dated at 35,000 years old.
It is not exactly the mortgage mess, but it strikes a similar chord.
When Congress passed the economic stimulus package
in 2009, it promised billions of dollars to “shovel ready” government projects that could get up and running quickly. But the scramble for the flood of money led to some shortcuts being taken to meet start-up deadlines -- leaving problems that will have to be dealt with later.
It's no magic trick. Harry Potter, the fictional boy wizard, is making owls disappear in India, Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh says.
His comments came during a presentation of a new report by a conservation group, Traffic, which offered a new study blaming a black market for trading in the highly endangered owl species in India.
The report says the owls are often being trapped for black-magic rituals. "Shaman or black magic practitioners frequently referred to as tantriks in India, prescribe the use of owls and their body parts such as skull, feathers, ear tuffs, claws, heart, liver, kidney, blood, eyes, fat, beak, tears, eggshells, meat and bones for ceremonial pujas and rituals."
Some call members of the Kalash tribe the descendants of Alexander the Great. A unique race living in the lap of the mighty Hindu Kush range for centuries with an independent socio-cultural identity that follows traditions similar to Indo-Iranian culture (Vedic and pre-Zoroastrian), the Kalash are often referred to as “the only pagan tribe in Pakistan.”