Tuesday, October 22, 2019

The Face of Islam: In Praise of an Inimitable Creation

Text & photos by Sophie Ibbotson & Max-Lovell-Hoare It is often said that Islam does not permit the portrayal of living things in art but,...

The Mesir Festival: A Paste of History

Text & photos Emre Kuheylan The Mesir Festival is one of the oldest festivals in Turkey. In March 2011, the festival will see its 471st...

Bye-Bye Boat: Rituals on Savu

Text by Khong Swee Lin. Photos by Carl-Bernd Kaehlig A riot of mystical symbols and shapes dances across the weavings. Undulating lines, geometric motifs, animals,...

The Rare Tradition

Text & Photos by Adi Safri Coffee in Malaysia has its origins in the state of Perak, and more specifically, its capital Ipoh. When people...

Suspended in Time: A Life of Devotion

Text & Photos  by Angelia Tan It’s an old island here in Koh Samui. Situated on the east coast of Thailand, the history told takes...

Lands Before Time: Origin myths in Asia

Text & Photos by Sophie Ibbotson and Max Lovell-Hoare Before there was writing, there were stories, and those stories passed by word of mouth. Travellers...

In the Footsteps of the Buddha

Text & Photos by Sophie Ibbotson & Max Lovell-Hoare The Buddha must have done an awful lot of walking: his footsteps trail from Afghanistan to...

Sunshine and the Stick Men: Crafted from Heat

Text & Photos by Flash Parker In college, I had one of those grills endorsed by out-of-work and overweight celebrity boxers. I imagine eating Sri...

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