Culture November 2016

Zanthoxylum chalybeum. The antidiabetic herb.

It is a tropical plant that grows in medium to low altitudes of dry woodland or grassland. Laboratory scientific tests indicate that the plant is effective also with a number of diseases including malaria, sickle cell anemia, diabetes and worms. Zanthoxylum chalybeum, also called ‘knob wood’ in English, is a deciduous spiny shrub. In Greek,…

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Mexico. Sowiki, a drink for life.

The Tarahumara people, who call themselves the Rarámuri, are one of the ethnic groups that inhabit the Sierra Tarahumara in the State of Chihuahua in northern Mexico. This group keeps traditions alive through celebrations and in particular through a drink. The Raramuri people have settled down for almost a thousand years in a region  among…

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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 of 88 islands scattered off the coast of the African nation Guinea Bissau. The population is composed  mainly of the Bijagó ethnic group, which  speaks the Bidyogo language. The archipelago, in 1996, was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. …

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Latin America – Day of the Dead

From ancient indigenous rituals to modern celebrations. Remembrance, respect and prayer for the dead, with flowers and food. The origins of the celebration of the Day of the Dead are found in the ancient indigenous traditions of the Aztecs, Mayas, Purépecha, Nahuas and Totonacas who, for three thousand years,  performed rituals dedicated to their ancestors.…

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Widen the horizon of Empowered Women.

Concluding the Special Synod of Bishops on the Amazon, Pope Francis in his homily said with a witty remark that the final document speaking of…

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Hare and the Hyena.

0ne day, a long time ago when there was a famine in a certain part of Africa, Hare met Hyena. “How thin you are looking,” said…

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Youth & Mission

Young Indios: “The world must listen to us”.

During the Synod for Amazonia, we heard stories of young Indios who struggle against environmental exploitation, in recognition of their own identity, and they want to…

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