Saturday, October 19, 2019

Spirit Warrior: The Religious Source of Martial Arts

Over the centuries, martial arts have travelled far beyond their places of origin and become some of the greatest sports ever devised. In contemporary...

Nectar of the Gods: The Art of Georgian winemaking

(text & photos: SOPHIE IBBOTSON & MAX LOVELL-HOARE) WHEN IT COMES TO WINEMAKING, the French are the new kids on the block and New World...

The Art of Making Cigars: A Smokin’ Hot Skill

CENTURIES after Columbus’ crews brought it out of the Caribbean to Europe, the habit of smoking cigars has evolved into a global culture. Colonialism took it along to regions afar. In Indonesia, for instance, it was the Dutch who brought it in, and since then, a number of cigar factories have been established since the early 20th century.

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...

Speaking of Ghosts

We have a vocabulary and image of ghosts and ghostliness that stems from a European concept that has travelled around the world and adopted...

Tribal Wedding Customs Across Asia

Text by Simon Koh, Joan Koh, Selina Tan    Illustration by Richard Cagomoc Mention weddings and what comes to mind is the father of the...

Rajas of the Road

AS BODIES JOLT AND NERVES JANGLE through rush-hour traffic, commuters may see an exploding volcano, a famous family of cartoon ducks traipsing through a...

Three Sites for Visita Iglesia

During Holy Week, Filipinos practice Visita Iglesia — the act of visiting and praying in at least seven churches that was introduced to the Philippines by Augustinian missionaries in the 1560s. AG takes a look at three popular pilgrimage sites the local Christian and Catholics visit in the Philippines.

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The Hindu devotee’s hands are pressed together. His palms touch, close to his chest, and his fingers point upwards. His brightly-coloured turban is in stark contrast to his thick white beard. “Namaste,” he says with a slight bow. Literally translated, the word means “I bow to the divine in you.” A respectful greeting, namaste, or namaskar, combined with the wordless hand gesture, conveys the same meaning of acknowledgement for a loved one, a guest or a stranger, regardless of the speaker’s language, culture or religion.