Mongolian Shamans Cure Modern Ills, for a Price

Mongolian Shamans Cure Modern Ills, for a PriceWaving her cigarette impatiently, the shaman declared that she had just the cure for the man’s misfortunes. Two divorces and a business in the dumps? Yes, yes, she had heard it all before. But first she needed another drink.She watched the man pour out the rest of the bottle’s golden liquid into her bowl and then took a pensive sip. Only then could she administer her instructions, thanks to the fluid’s mystical qualities.

'Lyrical medicine men' "El Vuh" set to perform a benefit show for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (L

Using their songs as a vehicle for expressing personal views on today's environmental, socioeconomic and political climates, El Vuh ('The Book') spreads a message of love and hope regarding the popular Dec. 21st, 2012 Mayan prophecy, feared by some to be the end of the world. To El Vuh, this date is "just the start of a new cycle said to bring forth a new world view". Basing their lyrics on the philosophy of their native Aztec and Mayan ancestry, the trio reminds its listeners that "not only are we all part of the circle of life, but we also have a responsibility to that circle".>>>

Drugmakers Abandon Nature's Pharmacy

Drugmakers Abandon NatureFrom penicillin to Taxol, most new drugs have had their roots in natural products, but scientists worry that the approach is in decline

In the 1992 film Medicine Man, actor Sean Connery stars as a grizzled scientist who discovers a cure for cancer in the Amazon and then struggles to replicate his findings as bulldozers destroy the very forests that harbor it. "What don't you understand?" he wails. "I found the cure for the...plague of the 20th century, and now I've lost it!">>>

SIKKIM: SHAMAN HACKED TO DEATH BY RIVAL AT MELLI – Murder suspect then found dead in Kalijhora

SIKKIM: SHAMAN HACKED TO DEATH BY RIVAL AT MELLI – Murder suspect then found dead in KalijhoraGANGTOK: A Shaman, locally known as Jhakri, was brutally hacked to death yesterday by a rival Shaman yesterday at Melli Bazaar. The murder case then took a bizarre twist with the body of the suspected murderer being recovered from the Kalijhora side of West Bengal today.
Melli police informed that one Devendra Subba, a labourer by profession had been found hacked to death with a khukri at Melli bazaar yesterday. He had ventured to the market on the Haat day to do his usual business of carrying loads.>>>

Healing the Wounds of War: New Ancestral Shrines in Korea

Healing the Wounds of War: New Ancestral Shrines in KoreaSince the decades of authoritarian anticommunist rule ended in the late 1980s, and the geopolitical order of the cold war collapsed in the wider world shortly thereafter, there have been several important changes in the political life of South Koreans. One notable change is found in the domain of ritual life or, more specifically, in the activity of death commemoration and ancestor worship. In increasing numbers of communities across South Korea, people are now actively reshaping their communal ancestral rites into a more inclusive form, >>>