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According to International Rivers, the International Day of Action for Rivers is a day dedicated to solidarity – when diverse communities around the world...

Little People of the Andaman Islands

By Jayanta Sarkar, Anthropological Survey of India Additional Information Researchers at the Database for Indigenous Cultural Evolution, University of Missouri; Anvita Abbi, Professor of Linguistics,...
Taiwan, Amis, Austronesian

How Formosa Birthed The Southeast Asian Languages

The aboriginal dialect of the tiny island of Taiwan is the ancestor of one-fifth of the world’s languages, researchers say   Few will associate primarily Mandarin-speaking,...

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...

Pilgrims to the Centre of the Earth

They were all waiting for the same thing. When a squawking chicken tumbled over the volcano’s rim into their line of sight, nets moved in unison trying to predict the hapless fowl’s trajectory. Only one villager might have enough luck to bag the bird; while others can only wait for more to come.
Harana , Traditions of Philippines , Serenade

The serenading suitors of the Philippines

Under a courtship ritual called harana, it was compulsory for Filipino men to sing to their sweethearts

Early Human Imprints

Rock art dated to a minimum age of almost 40,000 years has been discovered in the Maros region of southern Sulawesi, Indonesia. This is an incredible finding, first published in Nature in 2014, because one of the biggest challenges in rock art research is dating.
Chiang Mai, Umbrellas , Crafts

Chiang Mai’s Three Traditional Handicrafts

Thailand's northern city of Thailand was once the center of knowledge, architecture and commerce. Traders and travellers alike brought with them handicrafts like silverware, parasols and woodcarvings, all of which are still made today.

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