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Culture September 2017

Kenya. The Borana People. Getting Married.

Marriage among the Borana people, an ethnic group living in northern Kenya, requires a long period of preparation and it is characterized by several phases. Among the Borana people marriage is preceded by several stages and long negotiations, which can go on even for two years,. The boy’s father takes the first step by visiting…

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Centella Asiatica. A ‘Fountain of Life’ Herb.

It is one of the unique medicinal plants that has been in used since prehistoric times. It continues to draw worldwide attention for its roles in the treatment of mild and chronic diseases. The Centella asiatica plant has been used in the treatment of numerous diseases for thousands of years and continues to draw worldwide…

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Mexico. Huicholes. Maize, the circle of life.

The Huicholese ethnic group lives in the Sierra Madre Occidental range in the Mexican states of Nayarit, Jalisco, Zacatecas, and Durango. The Huichol are subsistence farmers. Their main crop is maize. We look at their agriculture ceremonies. Every year, the Huicholes have three agricultural ceremonies known as mitotes. A mitote is related to planting crops…

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Latin America. The Ancestral Wisdom Of Sumak Kawsay.

The millennial experience of indigenous peoples can help to give concrete answers to the current crisis in the world. In Andean communities the concept of Sumak Kawsay, ‘good living’, has been proposed as an alternative concept of development and has been incorporated into the constitutions of Ecuador and Bolivia. This concept, nowadays, acquires a special…

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Advocacy

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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Baobab

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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