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Homemade Burmese Booze for Sale

This source of income is so important, households keep their secret recipes closely guarded

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...

Rasputin: Russia’s Mad Monk

Text by Max Lovell-Hoare (Illustration by Justin Ong)The animated fairy tale Anastasia is an imaginary story inspired by the possible survival of Grand Duchess...
A woman working in a paddy field, in Shan State, Myanmar

Fading into Oblivion

Text by Rajeswari Vikirama and Rachel Kwek Language experts say half of the world’s nearly 7,000 languages are expected to be extinct by the end...

Civilisations for Sale

Not many people in the Middle East have the freedom to enjoy art and marvel at their cultural history. This fear has been cultivated by certain doctrines which state that the admiration of artistic work is heretical. There is a link in some Middle Eastern cultures between statues and the worship of idols; the appreciation of statues is therefore often construed as blasphemous in some religious sects. The rampant looting of centuries-old artefacts and the ongoing destruction of thousands of years of antiquities have brought about a sense of deep loss and bewilderment for many people, in the Middle East, and abroad.

Casting Light

Born in the golden age of Muslim civilisation as Abu Ali al-Hasan ibn al-Hasan ibn al-Haitham – often called Alhazen by Western theorists –...

Batik Gets Tech Upgrades

Batik – one of Indonesia’s age-old treasures and on UNESCO’s list of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity – has been catapulted into the modern era

4 Longest Train Journeys in Asia

Speed is one thing, distance another. Some of the world’s longest train routes are dotted across Asia.

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