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Wax, the Pan African Cloth.

Now popular in many countries, African wax cloth owes its creative and commercial success to…

01 Dec 2018

Bolivia. Birth rituals. The meeting with nature.

The ancestral rituals that accompany the birth of a Quechua and Aymara child. The role…

01 Dec 2018

Music. Imany, Africa in her heart.

Of African descent, with a voice that is elegant, smooth, sensually melancholic. Imany overpowers and…

01 Dec 2018

Western Africa.The confraternity of Knowledge.The mysterious world of the Donso…

They are seers and traditional healers with a vast knowledge of medicinal plants, spells and…

01 Dec 2018

Music. A marvel called Oud. The Joubran Trio.

A pre-Islamic instrument. Three brothers. Music that is a poetry, the heart and the patrimony…

01 Nov 2018

The Sahara. The Kel Air and Kel Ahaggar Tuareg. There…

The desert is not a no man’s land but the land of nomads. The best…

01 Nov 2018

Madagascar. Feast of Life and Death.

In the south of Madagascar live the Bara, a cluster of 18 ethnic groups that…

01 Nov 2018

Plants & People. Cowpeas, Essential In The Management Of Diabetes.

It is an herbaceous food legume belonging to the plant family Fabaceae. It can either…

01 Nov 2018

Morocco / The Ancient City Of Tétouan. The Embrace Of…

A beauty now, the patrimony of humanity. Most of all a place of relations and…

01 Oct 2018

Ethiopia. The Sidama People. “Magano”, The First Ancestor.

The Sidama people are a deeply religious ethnic group that lives in southern Ethiopia. They…

01 Oct 2018

The Quitapenas. The Dolls From Guatemala

The indigenous  created the quitapenas many generations ago as a remedy for worrying and sadness. Guatemalan…

01 Oct 2018

Plant & People. Vitex doniana. Multipurpose Tree.

Vitex doniana (Family Verbenaceae) is a useful, multi-purpose tree providing food, medicines and timber to…

01 Oct 2018

Uganda/Teso. Ajon, The beginning And The End Of Every Celebration.

The Teso (or Iteso, people of Teso) are an ethnic group in eastern Uganda and…

01 Sep 2018

Senegal. Ina Thiam: “Photographers put their soul in each image”.

Young Senegalese artist Ina Tiam takes fashion shoots in places covered with rubbish and plastic…

01 Sep 2018

Kenya. Maasai. The Course Of Life.

Exact rites mark the passage to an age group or becoming a member of a…

01 Sep 2018

Herbs & People. Pseudocedrela kotschyi. Fracture Healing Plant.

It is a medicinal plant whose therapeutic values undoubtedly have a folkloric background as it…

01 Sep 2018

Herbs & People. Momordica charantia. A unique anti-diabetic plant.

Commonly known as bitter melon or bitter gourd, it is a climbing vine whose leaves…

01 Aug 2018

Cinema. The Black Star Of Hollywood.

'The Black Panther’ by Ryan Coogler, the first superhero movie, is the greatest cultural moment…

01 Aug 2018

Uganda/Kakwa. Marriage. Writing A Letter.

The Kakwa people are a small minority group living in north-western Uganda.  The bride-price for…

01 Aug 2018

Peru. Weaving by the sea.

The arts of crocheting and fishing narrate the stories of the beaches of northern Peru. Peru…

01 Aug 2018

Mexico. Mazahua Weavings.

The history of these indigenous people of Mexico, who have survived modernity and changes, is…

01 Jul 2018

Central America. The Garinagu, The art of drum-making.

Garifuna music relies heavily on their drums. We look at how they are made. The…

01 Jul 2018

Ekebergia Capensis. Highly valued plant.

This plant plays important role in various communities for the treatment of numerous diseases and…

01 Jul 2018

African Cuisine. Variety and Flavours.

African cuisine offers a wide range of dishes of great flavour and variety. Food is…

01 Jul 2018

Missionary botanist. Camellia Tea.

Pharmacist, botanist and missionary, the Moravian Jesuit Brother Josef Kamel (1661-1706) left the Hapsburg Empire…

01 Jun 2018

Erythrina abysynica. The Anti-Helminthic Plant.

It is one of the well-known popular plants which is often used in traditional medicine.…

01 Jun 2018

Music. Afro Trap.

A young Frenchman of African descent has invented a new type of rap to set…

01 Jun 2018

Uganda. Lugbara. The Name-Giving Ceremony.

When a child is born among the Lugbara people in the north-western part of Uganda…

01 Jun 2018

African Myths. A door to the Mysteries of Creation.

In Africa, there are thousands of myths to explain what reason cannot explain. In a…

01 May 2018

Togo/Benin. Tata Somba.

In the north of Togo and the north-east of Benin in the Atacora Range live…

01 May 2018

Uganda. The Karamojong. The Sky: The Final, Immense Savannah.

This ethnic group of agro-pastoral herders live in arid or semi-arid territories where they graze…

01 May 2018

Herbs & Plants. Syzygium cumini. An anti-diabetic plant.

It is commonly known as Jamun or Jambul. It is a multipurpose tree which is…

01 May 2018

Africa. Amulets For Luck And Protection ...

Amulets are an important part of an African's life, from birth to death. They are…

01 Apr 2018

Herbs & People. Aspilia Africana: The Unique Anti-Haemorrhage Plant.

The plant is commonly found distributed in the Sub-Saharan Africa. It is widely gathered from the…

01 Apr 2018

The 'African Mona Lisa' Rediscovered ...

It took almost four decades for the people of Nigeria to rediscover one of three…

01 Apr 2018

Nidia Góngora. Singing The Memories Of Her People.

This singer from the South Pacific of Colombia has liberated from ostracism the lullabies of…

01 Apr 2018

Africa. Puppet Theatre.

The roots of puppet shows in Africa are as old as the myths and legends.…

01 Mar 2018

Mesoamerica. Pizza With Savour Of Aztec Cuisine.

Along the centuries, food and plants coming from America, and in particular from Mexico have…

01 Mar 2018

Mexico. Maya Civilization: Between Corn and Cacao.

Ancient Mayan cuisine was varied and extensive. Mayan raised-field systems and the fertilization techniques of…

01 Mar 2018

Kenya/Tharaka. Cries Of Joy.

The Tharaka are one of the nine ethnic groups that make up the Meru of…

01 Mar 2018

Colombia. The Art Of Weaving Of The Wayuu People.

An indigenous group proud of its craft tradition. They have survived through preserving their language…

01 Feb 2018

Uganda. The Ganda Tradition.

The Baganda or Ganda are the largest single ethnic group in Uganda representing approximately 20%…

01 Feb 2018

Burkina Faso. 'The Ants Can Carry An Elephant'.

The Mossi are the most numerous ethnic group in Burkina Faso with 6.2 million members…

01 Feb 2018

Carnival In Mexico. The Great 'Colourful Fiesta'.

Celebrations vary depending on the local indigenous cultures. A journey through the several carnivals of…

01 Feb 2018

Mexico. The Tarahumara. The pillars Of The World.

Dance and healing are strongly linked to the culture of the Tarahumara, an ethnic group…

01 Jan 2018

Pelargonium sidoides. An Effective Medicinal Plant Against Respiratory Diseases.

Pelargonium sidoides is a small geranium-like plant which is commonly referred to as 'South African…

01 Jan 2018

Angola. 'The Thinker'.

When we visited the Anthropological Museum of Luanda we were fascinated by a small statue…

01 Jan 2018

Uganda. The Bwola, The Royal Dance.

Among the many cultural dances of the Acholi people, who live in the northern region…

01 Jan 2018

Black Beauty. An African Perspective.

Africans have a big and rich diversity of cultures, beliefs, languages and ways of life.…

01 Dec 2017

Harpagophytum procumbens. An Anti-inflammatory Desert Plant.

It belongs to the Pedaliaceae plant family and is commonly referred to as devil’s…

01 Dec 2017

Bolivia.Textiles That Tell Stories.

The people of Jalq'a and Tarabuco narrate their legends through their clothes that speak of…

01 Dec 2017

Kenya. The Borana People: The Naming Ceremony.

Gubissa, the naming ceremony for the eldest son, is an important moment of the social…

01 Dec 2017

Kenya/Borana. Restore Peace.

Among the Borana, an ethnic group that lives in northern Kenya, there are three funeral…

01 Nov 2017

Mexico. The Dance of the Devils.

The Dance of the Devils is performed on the occasion of Mexico’s most traditional festivities…

01 Nov 2017

Uganda. Life Is Celebrated During The Last Funeral Rite.

Last funeral rites in many Ugandan tribes and cultures is marked as a way of…

01 Nov 2017

Acacia senegal. An Anti-inflammatory Medicinal Plant.

It is a multi-purpose tree that has been used for more than 4,000 years as…

01 Nov 2017

South Sudan. The Nuer.The Traditional Marriage

The Nuer are a tribe of South Sudan numbering about two million people. It comprises…

01 Oct 2017

Catharanthus roseus. An Anti-Cancer Plant.

It is one of the well-known medicinal plants that has its origin from the continent…

01 Oct 2017

The Andes. The Wool Of The Gods.

Alpacas, vicuñas, guanacos and llamas are essential to life for Andean peoples. These animals are…

01 Oct 2017

Uganda. The Runyege Dance Would Earn You A Wife In…

Tooro Kingdom which is one of the four traditional Kingdoms in Uganda is located in…

01 Oct 2017

Kenya. The Borana People. Getting Married.

Marriage among the Borana people, an ethnic group living in northern Kenya, requires a long…

01 Sep 2017

Centella Asiatica. A 'Fountain of Life' Herb.

It is one of the unique medicinal plants that has been in used since prehistoric…

01 Sep 2017

Mexico. Huicholes. Maize, the circle of life.

The Huicholese ethnic group lives in the Sierra Madre Occidental range in the Mexican states…

01 Sep 2017

Latin America. The Ancestral Wisdom Of Sumak Kawsay.

The millennial experience of indigenous peoples can help to give concrete answers to the current…

01 Sep 2017

Book review. The Chibok Girls

Chibok is perhaps the poorest and most neglected of all the twenty-seven local government areas…

01 Aug 2017

Uganda. Marriage As A Clan Affair Among The Buganda

Marriage is one of the important aspects in the life of Buganda. The role of…

01 Aug 2017

African Music. The Sounds Of Soul.

African music is strictly linked to the cultural, economic, social, and magical-religious aspects of the…

01 Aug 2017

Kigelia Africana. A Medicinal Plant With A Cosmetic Potential.

Kigelia africana (Lam), Benth (Bignoniaceae family), is a highly valuable medicinal plant that is native…

01 Aug 2017

Ecuador. Ancient culture and tradition in a hat.

The 'toquilla' straw hat is a fine example of the history, skill and identity of…

01 Jul 2017

Kenya/Maasai. The Enkipaata Ceremony

There are two types of enkipaata, a ceremony before circumcision, one for boys and one…

01 Jul 2017

Mexico. The Mesoamerican Ball Game.

Archaeologists have identified more than 1,500 ball courts to date. These prehistoric buildings that were…

01 Jul 2017

Guatemala. Walking in Antique History.

Tikal, Guatemala’s archaeological heart, was home to the Mayans for 1700 years. It was as…

01 Jul 2017

Brazil. Bumba Meu Boi. A Passionate and Rhythmic Folkloric Festival.

A very comic-dramatic dance and festival, particularly in Northern Brazil, Bumba-Meu-Boi tells the story of…

01 Jun 2017

Combretum Collinum. Highly Valued Medicinal Plant.

The plant plays a fundamental role in treatment and management of numerous kinds of diseases.…

01 Jun 2017

Panama. The Dance of the Macaws.

Every June, La Villa de los Santos celebrates the traditional Feast of Corpus Christi, mixing…

01 Jun 2017

Peru. The Inca woven rope bridge.

Q’eswachaka is the last surviving example of an Inca suspension woven rope bridge in the…

01 Jun 2017

Mexico. Cosmovision and colours

The purple, carmín (deep red) and blue were very popular colours among ancient inhabitants of…

01 May 2017

Ghana. Damba, a thanksgiving festival.

Each year, around May, the Gonjas people of Ghana's Northern Region celebrate  the Damba festival,…

01 May 2017

Guatemala. Chichicastenango, an explosion of colours

This municipality of Maya heritage, which is located 140 km northwest of Guatemala city, is…

01 May 2017

Balanites Aegyptiaca. A multi-purpose tree.

Balanites aegyptiaca is commonly known as desert date or Egyptian balsam. It is a small…

01 May 2017

Latin America. The sacred symbolism of Jade

Jade was the cornerstone of the Mesoamerican people. Its economic, political and, above all, ritual…

01 Apr 2017

Maytenus senegalensis - The magical plant.

It is used for the treatment of a number of diseases and disorders. In African…

01 Apr 2017

Nepal. Meet medicine men on the streets of Kathmandu.

Kathmandu is the capital and largest municipality of Nepal. There are a lot informal markets…

01 Apr 2017

Colombia. The Nasa a Proud People

In Colombia, indigenous people are but a small 2%, minority, subdivided into about a hundred…

01 Apr 2017

Pakistan. On the road.

Inscriptions on trucks offer a key to understanding the popular view on the ground and…

01 Mar 2017

Uganda. Acholi, the rite of the birth of a child

Acholi is a Luo Nilotic ethnic group from Northern Uganda. They are approximately 1.2 million…

01 Mar 2017

Sarcocephalus latifolius. A vital role in the healthcare.

The use of medicinal plants as a fundamental component of the African traditional healthcare system…

01 Mar 2017

Guatemala. The Mayan noble art of weaving

The textiles of Guatemala are known throughout the world. Among their vivid colours, that of…

01 Mar 2017

Jatropha curcas - A multipurpose African traditional medicinal plant.

Jatropha curcas (Linnaeus); commonly referred to as Barbados nut, it is a perennial shrub or…

01 Feb 2017

Nicaragua. Ometepe Island. Between ancient legends and biodiversity.

Formed by two green volcanoes; sanctuary of flora and fauna species. Ometepe is the largest…

01 Feb 2017

Zambia. Ncwala: a traditional ritual of thanksgiving.

The Ngoni people are one of the many ethnic groups living in Zambia. Just before…

01 Feb 2017

Mexico. The Tlaxcala Carnival. A colourful feast

Carnival in the state of Tlaxcala, in central Mexico, includes different dances whose names and…

01 Feb 2017

Africa. Voices of Opera

Through the interpretation of numerous opera repertories by African singers and authors, new paths are…

01 Jan 2017

Mexico. Chichen Itza, the power of time

Surrounded by dense rainforest, the Pyramid of Kukulcan in Chichen Itza is an ancient Maya…

01 Jan 2017

Kenya. Pökot, the Parpara Ceremony

The Pökot are a Nilotic people. They live in Western Kenya, in the districts of…

01 Jan 2017

Annona Reticulata: A powerful fruit plant

It is a fruit tree or shrub. The tree is commonly referred to as 'custard…

01 Jan 2017

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Culture Archive – summaries

China. Jade, the essence of heaven and earth.

The word “jade” communicates a sense of mystery. In Chinese, jade refers to a fine, beautiful…

01 Dec 2016, Culture December 2016

Carissa Spinarum: The Magic Herb

Carissa spinarum (Apocynaceae family) is a shrub which is indigenous to tropical Africa. Previously scientists had…

01 Dec 2016, Culture December 2016

South Sudan. The Nuer people: between offence and repair.

In case of offence, the perpetrator must publicly acknowledge his guilt and reward the offended. The…

01 Dec 2016, Culture December 2016

Mexico. The Sacred Mountain.

As time pass and cultures evolved, our appreciation to great achievements is enhance with the remaining…

01 Dec 2016, Culture December 2016

Zanthoxylum chalybeum. The antidiabetic herb.

It is a tropical plant that grows in medium to low altitudes of dry woodland or…

01 Nov 2016, Culture November 2016

Mexico. Sowiki, a drink for life.

The Tarahumara people, who call themselves the Rarámuri, are one of the ethnic groups that inhabit…

01 Nov 2016, Culture November 2016

Guinea Bissau. A people with a strong identity.

The Bijagos, a small ethnic group, struggling to preserve their cults and autonomy. The Bijago archipelago consists…

01 Nov 2016, Culture November 2016

Latin America - Day of the Dead

From ancient indigenous rituals to modern celebrations. Remembrance, respect and prayer for the dead, with flowers…

01 Nov 2016, Culture November 2016

Trinidad and Tobago. Shango, sticking to roots.

Unknown to most people, and often considered a mere folkloric tradition, the Shango ritual plays an…

01 Oct 2016, Culture October 2016

Malawi. Sharing in a beer party

Sitting in a circle. To chat, to exchange news, to joke and laugh. Chewa people enjoy…

01 Oct 2016, Culture October 2016

Shea butter tree. The skin’s best friend

It is a multi-purpose tree and is highly valued not only for its economic and dietary…

01 Oct 2016, Culture October 2016

Guatemala. Quetzal: 'God of the Air'

It is one of the most enigmatic and elusive birds in the world. It is a…

01 Oct 2016, Culture October 2016

South Africa. Dance changes their life.

From the dusty streets of the townships to dance theatres. The dream of  many girls and…

01 Sep 2016, Culture September 2016

Tamarindus indica: A Multipurpose Medicinal Plant.

Tamarind (Tamarindus indica) is an evergreen tropical tree that grows wild mostly in the semi-arid parts…

01 Sep 2016, Culture September 2016

Uganda. Between gestures and words.

The greeting gesture has great importance among the Karimojong of Uganda. It has to be performed …

01 Sep 2016, Culture September 2016

Philippines. Dancing out poverty

From the slums of Tondo, Manila, this 18-year-old painstakingly earned her place in the international spotlight…

01 Sep 2016, Culture September 2016

Ibn Arabi. Poet and mystic

Mystic, philosopher, poet, sufi, Muhammad ibn al-Arabi was one of the world's great spiritual teachers. In…

01 Aug 2016, Culture August 2016

Music. Youssou N’Dour: the king’s comeback

For many Senegalese Youssou N’Dour is more than just a singer: he is a living symbol…

01 Aug 2016, Culture August 2016

Mexico. Radio Zapata, weaving communities from the heart of the…

A community radio that tries to improve the living conditions of indigenous people through communication. The Popular…

01 Aug 2016, Culture August 2016

Book - The predictable rise of Boko Haram

In November 2015 a report released by the Sydney-based Institute for Economics and peace (Iep) stated…

01 Aug 2016, Culture August 2016

Uganda. ‘Imbalu’. The Pride of Bamasaaba.

The Masaba people, or Bamasaaba, live in the Eastern Ugandan districts of Sironko, Manafwa, Bududa, Mbale…

01 Jul 2016, Culture July 2016

Mozambique. In the shadow of the Baobab.

One day a group of young people gathered under a Baobab tree to listen to Kibaykita,…

01 Jul 2016, Culture July 2016

Ecuador. The Puruhaes’ concept of Sumak Kawsay.

The Puruhaes are an indigenous people who live in the provinces of Chimborazo, Bolivar, Tungurahua and…

01 Jul 2016, Culture July 2016

Germaine Acogny. 'The dance of being'.

Choreographer Germaine Acogny, who runs the Ecole des Sables in Senegal, teaches her dancers/pupils to search…

01 Jul 2016, Culture July 2016

Music - Farewell to Papa Wemba

It is not common for the Vatican spokesperson to release an interview to remember a music…

01 Jun 2016, Culture June 2016

Mexico. The Xitas, the symbol of cultural continuity.

Temascalcingo is a small municipality in the north-western area of the State of Mexico.  The name…

01 Jun 2016, Culture June 2016

South Sudan. The Lokoya. A people’s comunity life

The Lokoya people are situated in Eastern Equatoria in the Southern Sudan.  They are estimated to…

01 Jun 2016, Culture June 2016

Book review - Transitional Justice

Starting a conflict, history shows, might be quite easy; ending it is undoubtedly harder. The most…

01 Jun 2016, Culture June 2016

Prunus Africana. A Wonder Medicinal Plant

It belongs to the Rosaceae family and it is also called the red stinkwood tree. The…

01 May 2016, Culture May 2016

Ivory Coast, singing against terror.

Grand Bassam is wounded, and yet, she sings. Or better, a number of Ivorian artists have…

01 May 2016, Culture May 2016

Book review - Islam and the future of tolerance.

From the moment when the 11/9 attacks inevitably changed the way in which a number of…

01 May 2016, Culture May 2016

Mexico. The Huicholes' Drum Festival.

At the end of the rain season and after the harvest, the Wirraritari, as the Huicholes…

01 May 2016, Culture May 2016

Music. Akendengué, fifty years of challenges.

At the beginning of his career he has been called “the African Bob Dylan”, and -…

01 Apr 2016, Culture April 2016

China. Where 'men till and women weave'

Basha Miao Village, lies on the southern border of Southwest China's Guizhou Province. The Miao villagers…

01 Apr 2016, Culture April 2016

Book Review. Media, revolution and politics in Egypt

The role played by media - both traditional and social - in the 2011 Arab uprisings…

01 Apr 2016, Culture April 2016

Kenya – Maasai. The drinking of milk ceremony.

One of the characteristic in the life of Maasai is the Eunoto ceremony, drinking milk and…

01 Apr 2016, Culture April 2016

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Advocacy

South Sudan. Father Michael: “There is hope because I see…

Seventy-year-old Father Michael Bossano’s solemn declaration sounds resolute. His streaks of white hair tell tales of many years spent travelling the world. For now, however,…

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Baobab

Why the Cheetah’s cheeks are stained.

Long ago a wicked and lazy hunter was sitting under a tree. He was thinking that it was too hot to be bothered with the arduous…

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Youth & Mission

Pope Francis. Sharing the Wisdom of Time. A new alliance…

Pope Francis in a new book is calling for an alliance between the young and elderly:  “Young people need the dreams of the elders so they…

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