Culture July 2017

Ecuador. Ancient culture and tradition in a hat.

The ‘toquilla’ straw hat is a fine example of the history, skill and identity of the Ecuadorean people. It is popularly known the world over, the Panama Hat. The  reason why it was known as the ‘Panama hat’ goes back to the time of the  construction of the Panama Canal which caused a great demand…

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Kenya/Maasai. The Enkipaata Ceremony

There are two types of enkipaata, a ceremony before circumcision, one for boys and one for warriors. After the ceremony of Enturoroto e motonyi, the boys wait for four years, or as long as their godfather-group wants them to stay, before they have their first enkipaata dance. And only when the godfather-group wants to hold…

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Mexico. The Mesoamerican Ball Game.

Archaeologists have identified more than 1,500 ball courts to date. These prehistoric buildings that were specifically created for the practice of the Mesoamerican ball game show that this game is a thousand-year old form of sport. But it was more than just a game, it also played a ritual, political and economic role among Mesoamerican…

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Guatemala. Walking in Antique History.

Tikal, Guatemala’s archaeological heart, was home to the Mayans for 1700 years. It was as sophisticated as modern ones, in architectural and urban terms. Tikal, which is in Petén province some 300 kilometres north of Guatemala’s capital, was one of the largest cities built by the Mayans at any time in their history. The ancient…

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10 Ways We Pretend War is Not a Crime.

Advocacy, more than economic interests, is about consciousness and knowledge. It is about building a strong democracy, holding those in power accountable. It is about…

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Why the Hippo lives in the Water.

Many years ago the hippopotamus, whose name was Isantim, was one of the biggest kings on the land; he was second only to the elephant. The…

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Youth & Mission

Saving the Planet and Ourselves.

Australia, Philippines, California and Central and South Africa have been recently hit by severe drought and endless forest fires.  Thousands are suffering. Plants and animals perish.…

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