Saturday, October 19, 2019

Holy Hermit Healers

Ruesi have wandered the Thai wilderness for hundreds of years. All but forgotten, these “wizards of the forest” are today seeing a gradual comeback, as they work their magic for the devotee in need

A History of Violence

You have heard of Alexander the Great and Hannibal, but it’s likely that the greatest general and military strategist of all has passed you by. Subotai led the largest and most devastating horse-borne force ever seen, and conquered territories stretching from Hungary and Syria in the West, to Vladivostok and the Sea of Japan in the East.

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...

Hikayat Tanjong Pagar (Tales of Tanjong Pagar)

A story of the ingenuity of a child and what is today the Cape of Stakes, Tanjong Pagar. In its heyday, Tanjong Pagar was a booming port filled with vessels from all over the world. This deep-water harbour is one of the reasons for Singapore's success as a trading hub in Southeast Asia. Meanwhile, the old railway station in the district has seen its last days as a bridge between Singapore and Malaysia.

The Temple in the Sea

As the Paris Agreement on climate change comes into effect, many people are left wondering if it’s already too late to save many of the world’s vulnerable low-lying coastal communities. The science shows that sea levels worldwide have been rising at a rate of 3.5 millimetres per year since the early 1990s. This rising sea level is directly linked to global climate change due to three important factors: the warming of the oceans, or thermal expansion; the melting of glaciers; and ice loss from Greenland and Antarctica.

On the Silk Road

A caravan of camels crossing the desert is the romanticised epitome of the Silk Road. Where were they going? What were they carrying? Why were they even journeying at all?

Abode of Peace in the Lion City

"Abode of Peace in the Lion City" curates stamps, artefacts, 360° virtual reality displays and interactive stations to connect Singapore and Brunei's rich cultural traditions

Lighting the Way of Faith

Before Abraham and what we know as the three Abrahamic faiths, there were already those who worshipped one god: the Zoroastrians, or Parsis, as many of the modern-day adherents of the religion are known. A small community, who traditionally marry amongst themselves and have no doctrinal requirement to proselytise, their history and the tenets of their faith are poorly understood by outsiders. But the impact of their ideas over the past 3,000 years has been nothing short of revolutionary.

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