Exploring the cultural rituals of China's Qinghai province

Watching three village elders poking fearsome-looking skewers through both the cheeks of about a dozen eager young men should have been gruesome to watch but, apart from the tight scrum of excited onlookers, the whole process was a little less bloodthirsty than it might have been.

American Indian traditions, culture shared with 2,500 at 8th Rock, Rattle and Drum Pow Wow

American Indian traditions, culture shared with 2,500 at 8th Rock, Rattle and Drum Pow WowADAMS -- Bowe field was alive with the drumming, dancing, singing, and the smells of American Indian culture this weekend as people celebrated the 8th annual Rock, Rattle and Drum Pow Wow.
Sunday afternoon, event organizer Fidel Moreno, of the American Indian cultural non-profit Healing Winds, estimated close to 2,500 people attended the two-day event.

Why this man wants to be stung by bees: Chinese 'doctors' claim venom can ward off diseases such as

Why this man wants to be stung by bees: Chinese Patients in China are swarming to acupuncture clinics to be given bee stings to treat or ward off life-threatening illness, practitioners say.
More than 27,000 people have undergone the painful technique - each session can involve dozens of punctures - at Wang Menglin's clinic in Beijing, says the bee acupuncturist who makes his living from believers in the concept.

Voodoo helps Kelly Brook get over heartache

Voodoo helps Kelly Brook get over heartacheThe curvy brunette called in the witch doctor as part of her quest to get over sexting love rat Danny Cipriani, 25. She has also tried cupping, acupuncture and colonic irrigation since her split from the serial cheat. The shaman has given Kelly, 33, a mystical verse to recite at least 10 times a day.

Kiowa Tribe fights for sacred Longhorn Mountain

Kiowa Tribe fights for sacred Longhorn MountainThe Kiowa Tribe has gathered cedar for ceremonies and prayed on Longhorn Mountain south of Gotebo, Oklahoma for generations. That practice is in serious jeopardy as efforts to mine gravel out of the mountain are scheduled to begin by summerís end, turning generations of sacred usage into rubble.