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Procession in Rome

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Rome, Italy 2015 Priests led the procession of the Blessed Sacrament down a narrow street to another church only a block away. First came priests wearing cassocks and sandals holding their prayer books, then priests clad in cassocks and the … Continue reading

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Shopping for Suzanis

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Urgut Market…near Samarkand 2012 A woman casts an expert eye on suzani embroidery in Urgut Market. The suzanis which could be described as embroidered coverlets  are often given as wedding gifts. We were told that hanging them on the wall is not an Uzbek practice. … Continue reading

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River Town on the Niger

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Mopti…Niger River Town 1997 There weren’t any other camera toting tourists the afternoon I sat on the banks of the Niger recovering from my migraine. The women going about the business of washing the family’s laundry or bathing themselves took … Continue reading

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Hamar Bull Jumping

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 Ethiopia 2013 The highlight of visiting the tribes in Ethiopia was the Hamar bull jumping ceremony. The young man, if he completes his ‘jumping’ successfully, will be accepted as a warrior in the tribe. He must hop onto the backs of the cattle … Continue reading

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Benin: Masked Dancer Ceremony

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Benin 2001 A Yoruba man performs in the Gelede mask ceremony. The Gelede is a secret society of men. Costumed and masked, they dance and act out rituals designed to perpetuate the morals of the tribe and inspire correct conduct. The … Continue reading

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Togo’s Somba Tribe

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Togo 2003 The Somba live in houses that resemble tiny castles. Pointed thatched roofs cover the turrets. Here a Somba woman opens one of the turrets that serves as a granary. Women fill the granary. The grain or beans or … Continue reading

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Bella Figura is for Men, Too

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Ortygia, Sicily 2015 Handsome young men in military uniform chatted on the steps of the Duomo. There had been a wedding. Luckily for the young women of Ortygia, this man had not been the groom.  This man would still be … Continue reading

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Witch Doctor and Wife

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Togo 2001 We met two witch doctors that day. The witch doctors, both of them, had a kindly demeanor more like a priest than what we think of when we hear the word voodoo.Both were grandfatherly, but this man was … Continue reading

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Bayon: The Last Temple

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Siem Riep, Cambodia 2007 The temples of Siem Riep honor Buddha or Hindu Gods depending on the religion of the various rulers at the time. If the new ruler were Hindu, he’d have any Buddhist sculptures modified to look like Hindu gods and … Continue reading

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Ancestor Houses of Dogon Tribe

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Bandiagara Escarpment, Mali early 2000’s We were met at the base of the cliffs called the Bandiagara Escarpment and guided to a sacred village by twin brothers who were shamen or witch doctors. The Dogon are afraid to enter, to do so brings bad … Continue reading

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