Bali, Cockfighting , Indonesia

The Religious Roots of Balinese Cockfighting

The bloody sport has been outlawed in Indonesia, but in Bali, matches go on in temples and villages 

Influential Storytellers of Our Time

Meet the people who create some of the most well-known stories of our time


Teeming with activity and gleaming with a million lights is the megasapien, a city so populous it has become a world hub for trade, for culture or for religion. Rome was the first city to attain megasapien status, and today metropolitans number in the millions, but each city is unique.

A Totem of her Generation

Identifying herself as a Franco-Belgian photographer of Chinese origin from Malaysia, Diana’s transient life between three different continents has informed most of the philosophy behind her photography. Diana explores the ancient ritual of adorning women with symbolic clothing, religious objects, amulets and heirloom jewellery. Her purpose is to fuse the past and the present, the traditional and the modern, and to effectively create new possibilities of defining a woman’s identity.

The Guise of Gems

WHY WOULD SOMEONE choose to make a living photo-graphing something so small, complicated and delicate that’s difficult to even hold in focus? In a...

Island of Tongues

Researchers say one-fifth of the world’s languages – including numerous Asian dialects – developed from the lingua franca of Taiwanese aborigines. Few will associate primarily...

Philanthropic Champions

Visionaries who believe in making the world a better place and have made efforts to do so

A Dyeing Art

From artisans in two rural Indian villages come a huge share of the Hindu world’s sacred bracelets

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