Coconino County Jail adding sweat lodge for inmates

Coconino County Jail adding sweat lodge for inmatesFLAGSTAFF - Kelvin Long, a Navajo who will serve as cultural adviser for a Native American religious program at the Coconino County Jail, inspects a circular rebar frame that will be covered with blankets to form a sweat lodge.

Prehistoric Brazil artifacts star in exhibit, spark debate

Prehistoric Brazil artifacts star in exhibit, spark debateBrasília (AFP) - It's no secret humans have been having sex for millennia -- but recently discovered cave art suggests they were doing it in the Americas much earlier than many archeologists believed.
A new exhibit in Brazil showcases artifacts dating as far back as 30,000 years ago -- throwing a wrench in the commonly held theory humans first crossed to the Americas from Asia a mere 12,000 years ago.

The Vinča Culture

The Vinča CultureIn 1908, the largest prehistoric Neolithic settlement in Europe was discovered in the village of Vinca, just a few miles from the Serbian capital Belgrade, on the shores of the Danube. Vinca was excavated between 1918 and 1934 and was revealed as a civilisation in its own right.

Philippines: Tribal elder and son slain in bloody mining dispute

Philippines: Tribal elder and son slain in bloody mining disputeAlmalew (pronounced al-me-law), the Blaans’ way of expressing hatred and exacting revenge for killed or murdered kin. Why do angels of death strike before the break of day in this troubled paradise called Bong Mal? And why did they murder the tribe’s most respected sage – the fulong ?

Speaking with the spirits

Speaking with the spiritsEvery year in the week leading to the full moon of Wahkaung, tens of thousands of pilgrims flock to Myanmar's biggest Nat festival.
The crowds gathered for six days in Taungbyone village near Mandalay in honour of two ancient spirit brothers, Shwe Hpyin Gyi and Shwe Hpyin Lay. The event brings together thousands of festive worshippers who dance together with spirit mediums, feast on snacks by the roadside and shop for souvenirs.