The shaman of Karshong

The shaman of Karshong2 May, 2008 - It was the eighth day of the 11th month of the dog year. Sangay Wangdi, a farmer of Karshong village in Trongsa, was out playing archery when he started acting strange all of a sudden.

BBC Symphony Orchestra/Belohlavek at the Barbican

BBC Symphony Orchestra/Belohlavek at the Barbican am a woman who flies. I am the sacred eagle woman. There was Karita Mattila, tall as a tower, and clad in canary-yellow kaftan, raising those great arms and that great voice, to give the British premiere of Kaija Saariaho's Mirage, her new work for soprano, cello and orchestra.

Odd Couple of the Jungle

Odd Couple of the JungleDouglas McMeekin was a failed businessman in Kentucky, and Juan Kunchikuy was a hunter in a remote nook of the Amazon rain forest who killed monkeys, deer and wild pigs with a blowgun and poison darts. Now this unlikely pair has joined forces in a remarkable campaign to save the rain forest, “the lungs of the earth” that suck up the carbon we spew out. Of all the struggles to fight climate change, this is one of the more quixotic — and inspiring.

Santo Daime: the drug-fuelled religion

Santo Daime: the drug-fuelled religionA new religion is spreading to Britain - its central sacrament the consumption of a hallucinogenic Class A drug. Here's a report from the faith's heartland in the rainforests of the Amazon

Amazonian art exhibit illuminates vanishing worlds

Amazonian art exhibit illuminates vanishing worldsIn a way, ritual objects from indigenous Amazonian tribes may seem out of place in a museum.
After ceremonies are performed, it is expected that the elaborate feathered headdresses, ghostly masks and colorful body costumes in "Vanishing Worlds: Art and Ritual in Amazonia" wither away in the heat and humidity of the rain forest.