Remains of Bronze-Age Cultic Priestess Hold Surprise

Remains of Bronze-Age Cultic Priestess Hold SurpriseAn iconic Bronze Age girl who was buried in Denmark about 3,400 years ago came from a foreign land, a new analysis of her hair and teeth suggests. The Egtved girl was named after the village where she was found. All of her bones were missing from her remains, but her clothing, hair, nails and some teeth were still in pristine condition.

Aboriginal legends reveal ancient secrets to science

Aboriginal legends reveal ancient secrets to scienceScientists are beginning to tap into a wellspring of knowledge buried in the ancient stories of Australia's Aboriginal peoples. But the loss of indigenous languages could mean it is too late to learn from them.
The Luritja people, native to the remote deserts of central Australia, once told stories about a fire devil coming down from the Sun, crashing into Earth and killing everything in the vicinity.

South Africa: Gay Sangomas Demand Recognition

South Africa: Gay Sangomas Demand Recognitiont's hard being gay and a sangoma, traditional healer Michael Khumalo told a workshop organised as part of the Khumbulani Pride events in Cape Town last Thursday. The community did not take gay sangomas seriously, Khumalo said. The workshop which was part of a series designed to educate communities about issues faced by gay and lesbian people. People mocked gay sangomas and undermined their gifts, he said.

'Curanderismo' is spiritual form of healing rising in popularity

Curanderismo. is a mystical, spiritual form of folk healing, rooted in strong religious faith. Curanderos claim, despite everything modern medicine can cure, a growing number of people still turn to them for healing their body, mind, and spirit.

Exploring modern Korea in ancient trappings

Exploring modern Korea in ancient trappings  Beneath its ultramodern facade, Korea is a country with all the trappings of shamanism and Confucianism, a new book says. In “Contemporary Korean Culture: the Persistence of Shamanistic and Confucian Values and Practices,” coauthors Kim Eun-gi and Choi Joon-sik seek to explain the social fabric and the mindset of Koreans through the lens of shamanism and Confucianism, examining the origins and manifestation of some of the most enigmatic Korean customs as well as their critique.