School for Shamans to Save Culture from Extinction
While environmental groups and governmental policies are aiming at reducing deforestation and development in the Amazon rainforest to help preserve the world's most diverse terrestrial ecosystem, traditional indigenous cultures in the region are being rescued from extinction as well. For native tribes of the Northwest Amazon, shamans have long played an important role in daily life, acting as spiritual leaders and medicinal healers. Throughout the twentieth century, shamans faced such intense persecution from Roman Catholic and Protestant missionaries that some feared their ancient wisdom would be lost to the ages, but a new school in the Amazon is working to make sure that doesn't happen.>>>The Right to Life for Mayan People
Guatemala has gone through 36 years of war, and at the root of all the conflicts are differing views about the land, theorizes Fidel Xinico.
Xinico is a Kaqchiqel Mayan and Director of the Center for Global Education. He and Mayan anthropologist Ronaldo Lec, work to promote understanding of the indigenous Mayan way of life.>>>
The Medical Monopoly rashly marginalizes empirical (observed) cures as anecdotal (just stories). Yet their scientists have been caught often with faulty testing parameters and doctored results. Ancient Chinese and Ayurvedic (India) medicines are still safely efficacious today. They managed without double blind tests or cruel experiments on animals.>>>Anambra's Kolanut Crisis
If you present a kolanut to Anambra State's governorship aspirants today, a war may break out over who should break it for them to eat. If Chris Ngige tries to cite his traditional title of Onwa (the moon that shines for all) as giving him precedence over his co-contestants, Soludo may upstage him and say that Ngige's onwaness is limited to the community that gave him the title; and that he, Soludo, is a first class graduate and a professor. Governor Peter Obi may turn to Ngige and say:>>>Peruvian shamans' 2010 predictions
Peruvian faith-healers have gathered in Lima to predict the fortunes in 2010 of world leaders and celebrities, ranging from US President Barack Obama to football player Diego Maradona.
The shamans prayed for a better understanding among the Latin American nations. They performed rituals with the pictures of well-known figures, and wished them good luck for the entering year. The ceremony is normally performed each year at the San Cristobal hill behind the Presidential Palace in Lima.>>>