A Shaman in the ER Ward

A Shaman in the ER WardHospitals in the U.S. evolved following scientific principals and traditions of Western medicine. In our immigrant nation, those practices may conflict with a patient’s belief systems and notions of healing.

In traditional Hmong culture, it is believed that illness occurs when the soul wanders from the body. Shamans, like Kang Thao, help call the soul home.Hospitals in St. Paul, Minn., have served a large population of Hmong people from northern Laos since the 1970s. Over time, hospital administrators have learned to incorporate some Hmong practices into routine treatments by inviting spiritual healers inside patient wards. >>>

Spirituality in the gardens of R.I. history

Spirituality in the gardens of R.I. historyThe Antram-Gray House separates the Native-American garden from the Colonial kitchen garden at the Roger Williams National Memorial. The horticulture practices and the plants of the two 17th-century gardens are very different from each other, but the two plots share a common spiritual seed.>>>

Traditions fade as China settles nomads in towns

Traditions fade as China settles nomads in townsHerding reindeer and hunting bears and boars in the forests on Siberia's fringe was Gu Gejun's life. Now his rifle has been confiscated, and the only reindeer he herds are in an urban tourist park.

China has moved most of the small Ewenki ethnic group from the steppe to the city, giving its members better access to medical services, education and jobs but, inevitably, changing their traditions. >>>

Uruguay’s Afro-cultural tradition becomes world heritage

Uruguay’s Afro-cultural tradition becomes world heritageCandombe, a dance and choreography of strong cultural tradition among the Afro-River Plate population which was originally brought by slaves mainly to Uruguay, was declared Wednesday as belonging to the world’s Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, Unesco.>>>

Tuvans keen to protect traditions

Tuvans keen to protect traditionsThe Russian republic of Tuva situated in the far south of Siberia is one of the remotest spots on earth, but now there is talk of building a railway. Angela Robson has been to Tuva, where there are fears that this could ruin a unique way of life.

At around 0300 the temperature in the yurt plummets and the wind begins to howl.

A young nomadic woman, who had earlier tucked me into my makeshift bed on the floor, snores loudly in my ear. >>>