Traditions fade as China settles nomads in towns
Herding 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. >>>
Candombe, 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
The 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. >>>
Religious freedom supporters in Mongolia this month moved to form a national chapter of the International Religious Liberty Association (IRLA), a step they hope will encourage the government to implement greater principles of freedom of belief.
If officially approved, the new Mongolian Religious Liberty Association -- comprised of religious, government and academia members -- will encourage a more literal interpretation of the nation's constitutional guarantee of religious freedom.>>>
Va Meng Lee, a Hmong shaman, performed a ceremony intended to summon the runaway soul of Chang Teng Thao, who has diabetes, at Mercy Medical Center in Merced, Calif. Under a new policy recognizing the role of traditional healers, the hospital is inviting Hmong shamans to perform nine approved ceremonies. The policy is the first of its kind in the country.>>>