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 Asian Languages on the Verge of Falling Out Of Use S’aoch SAMRONG LOEU VILLAGE, CAMBODIA, 10 SPEAKERS The numbers of S’aoch people were decimated under the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime, which ruled from 1975 to 1979 and had a policy of executing any S’aoch who dared to speak in their native tongue. In 2010, only 10 elderly members of the S’aoch indigenous minority living in their village outside their traditional land still spoke this language. Mednyj Aleut BERING ISLAND, 5 SPEAKERS Also known as Copper Island Aleut, Mednyj Aleut is a moribund mixed language originally spoken on Mednyj Island, off the coast…

Namaste

 The mass pilgrimage at Kumbh Mela unites Hindus in a splendid showcase of faith & devotionIndia is not for the faint-hearted. It is sensory overload; there are no grey areas: either you’ll love to travel the country or hate it well enough to take the first flight out. India can break you with its poverty, lack of privacy and dirt; ironically, Western travellers claim to have found inner spirituality after a two-week trip. The Kumbh Mela – the largest spiritual gathering in the world, when Hindus gather en masse to bathe in a sacred river and cleanse themselves of sin…

Min Ga La Ba

 A Myanmar Tapestry of Traditions, Cultures and Languages“This is Burma and it is unlike any land you know about.”– Rudyard Kipling in Letters from the East Known as Myanmar in present day, the country has a rich tapestry of traditions, cultures and tribes dating back 13,000 years.Myanmar or Burma? The confusion begins here. Myanmar is recognised in most countries and in the United Nations (UN), but not in the United Kingdom. As Myanmar’s former colonial rulers, the UK has refused to acknowledge the ruling legitimacy of the Myanmar military regime. Hence, they still say ‘Burma’. TribesMyanmar is closely connected to her neighbouring…

Love Without Boundaries

 Traditional Mosuo RelationshipsThey sound like customs that belong to a forgotten culture of an ancient community. The people do not traditionally marry, but engage uninhibitedly in consensual relationships with different and often multiple partners, as desired by each party, from the age of 13. The concept of love fidelity, in the sense that we might be accustomed to in modern-day society, does not exist. Little value is attached to the notion of possession or exclusivity, and even less to the idea of shared finances, property, and responsibilities, as each partner normally remains socially and economically a part of his or…

Last Words

The extinct Languages of AsiaMany languages throughout Asia have become extinct over time. This happens when there are no ancestors fluent in the language to pass it on, and the language no longer has any speakers. We follow the timeline along which some Asian languages have fallen out of currency. More than 100 languages across the Asian continent have undergone language death, have no native speakers or have no spoken descendants.  Dicamay Agta year of extinction: 1974Luzon, Isabela province, Philippines In 1957, only one family was left speaking the language. By 1974, the remainder of the community neither spoke nor understood the language, rendering the…

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Listening along the hillsides of small patches of dry coastal forest of southern Grenada, you can hear the mournful coo of the Grenada dove (Leptotila wellsi), one of the world’s most critically endangered birds. This dove is primarily brown with a pinkish head and a white breast with a red rim around its eyes, the males slightly darker than the females. It is simple in its colouring – its only flamboyant features are its crimson red feet and legs – yet the species has a uniqueness that merits attention. However, like many island endemic species, it has become very particular to the kind of habitat and conditions it requires. Vulnerable to change, it is now threatened with extinction.The Grenada dove is endemic to Grenada in the West Indies, and is recognised internationally on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List as one of the 197 most…
Baboons were well-represented in ancient Egypt and were kept as sacred animals in several Egyptian temples. Featured in hieroglyphics, paintings, artworks, statutes and in sacred tombs, the ancient Egyptians believed that baboons were the first creatures to pay proper religious observances, as they were often portrayed with their arms raised in worship of the sun. Since baboons exhibit many human characteristics, it was believed that they were deceased ancestors. The baboon god Babi, also known as Baba, was worshipped for its sexual virility and was endowed with the aggressive characteristics of a dominant male baboon - attributes admired by the first kings of Egypt who fought for dominance in the land and their domains.©ASIAN GeographicRead more in ASIAN Geographic No. 116 Issue 1, 2016.   
In the highlands of Northern Thailand, there was once a truly isolated tribe whose individuals were called phi (spirit/ghost). Staying hidden largely out of fear, they lived deep in the forest, completely isolated from the prying eyes of outsiders. When once an attempt was made to approach them, they immediately disappeared into the forest, leaving behind their “windscreens” made of banana leaves. It was a faint indication that “something” was there, but was far from being decisive evidence of the presence of human beings. The lowland Thais called them phi tong luang – spirits of the yellow leaves – and their existence continues to be shrouded in mystery.These people call themselves Mlaq Briq (Mlabri), or just Mlaq. The word Mlaq means “human being” and Briq means “forest” in their own language, which belongs to the Austroasiatic group of languages. They are one of the smallest ethnic groups in the world.…
We live on a planet that appears, at first glance, to be binary in nature. There is land, and there is sea. The continents are the inverse of the ocean. The land stands out on the map as dry earth clearly divided from blue water. Yet the coast is as diverse as it is variable. Let’s explore the edge of Asia, and use the power of imagination to conduct a long transect of this transitional zone. We’ll travel overland from the mountains to the beach, and along the way appreciate the diversity of the coastal terrain. We’ll splash in the waves at the tide line, and then explore the shallow waters of the continental shelf. We’ll move out into deeper water, as well, and pause at the true edge of the continent. Observing the changes there, we’ll then descend into the abyss, and beyond the edge to new realms of…
" Every relationship with Jakarta is a lovehate one. Well, it is not called the “Big Durian” for nothing."   A young Orang Asli boy holds a Durian Fruit (Durio zibethinus) in Johore, Malaysia. Durian Fruit is a popular and desirable fruit, but is associated with a foul and pungent odorEvery relationship with Jakarta is a love-hate one. Well, it is not called the “Big Durian” for nothing. Those visiting the city for a day or two might easily be turned off by the “bad rep” around it. For a megalopolis accommodating more than 12 million people, Jakarta’s pollution is nothing short of stupefying. Its traffic jams are relentless and diabolical enough to merit suicidal thoughts. When in season, the floods are of biblical proportions. Though its expatriates brag about the degree of decadence they can afford to wallow in here, in the same breath they whine about its poor,…

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