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Mongolia Unchanged

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Mongolia 2014 Herds of animals are a common sight in Mongolia. This scene was only an hour from the capital of the country, Ulanbaatar.  The land is open grassland, but I read that there are forests north of Ulanbaatar. When … Continue reading

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Shame

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Boumalne Dades, Morocco late 1990’s She had disobeyed her older sister who was very displeased. Moroccans use the word “h’shuma” to denote shame. It’s a handy word for tourists to Morocco to have in their vocabulary. When the taxi driver … Continue reading

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Morocco’s Cave Dwelling Berbers

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Boumalne Dades, Morocco: late 1990’s We picked up a man, who worked in a shop in Boumalne Dades.  He said he knew where the cave dwelling Berbers could be found. The head of the nomad family was out with his flocks of goats … Continue reading

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The Wedding Dress Mystery

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Samarkand, Uzbekistan 20012 Why was this dress tied to a mulberry tree and who would do such a thing? Was the bride jilted? Is she so furious that she has proclaimed her shame to her friends and neighbors by flaunting her unworn wedding … Continue reading

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Bangkok’s Grand Palace

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Bangkok, Thailand 2007 Doesn’t this look like a city in outer space? I can just imagine the Jetson’s living in one of those towers.  Or to be more current, maybe this reminds you of something from Star Wars? Those towers, … Continue reading

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Voodoo in Togo

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Togo 2001 We had driven from Lome into the bush where we parked by a canal and met some Togolese boatmen who had been hired to take us to a small ‘island’. It must have been near the ocean as when the … Continue reading

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Tibetan Costume

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Qinghai Provence, China 2007 Kham women of the Tibetan Prefecture in Qinghai Provence arrange their costume in preparation for a festival in Yushou.  The population in this part of China is nearly 100% Kham Tibetan. Kham are physically striking: both … Continue reading

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Tibet: A Wall of Prayers

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Tibet 2007 Two Buddhist monks pass a mani wall as they circumambulate a monastery. Mani walls are built of stones; each stone  is inscribed with a prayer by the person who places the stone on the wall. These walls of prayers are … Continue reading

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An Afternoon in Rissani

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Rissani, Morocco 1997,  A Visit to a Kasbah I hired a Berber man to lead me through the large castle-like kasbahs of Rissani. These are fortified apartment houses. Long, dark tunnels thread in all directions lit only (in those days) … Continue reading

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The Lowest Caste

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Rajasthan, India 2005 A tiny girl dressed in flowing skirts, veils and jewelry performed for tourists at a turn in one of the winding streets leading into Jaiselmer Fort. Her eyes, ringed with kohl, revealed her shy nature as did … Continue reading

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