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African Santeria enters the New World

George Brandon, a cultural anthropologist who also works as the director of the Program in Sociomedical Sciences at the City University of New York, provides a well-documented, historical reconstruction of one of the many areas taken by Yoruba religiou…

African Traditional Religions
Massage Lomi Lomi: Traditional & Modern

Lomi lomi is considered to be a Hawaiian healing massage that gives nurturing and loving touch.

Some people find out abo…

Yoruba Art and its battle of methodologies

The focus of Blier’s book is on works she categorizes under Florescence and Post-Florescence eras. She ties the Florescence era to Obalufon II, an Ife king noted in Yoruba tradition as a major art patron and who Blier describes as the king and art patr…

Traditional Chinese Massage
Traditional Balinese massage style and techniques

One of the largest attractions when vacationing on the island of Bali is to try one of the ‘Island of the Gods’ natural spa treatments. The most common of these is the traditional Balinese massage.

So, what makes traditional Balinese massage so u…

Herbal Medicine (Herbalism)
How Traditional African Medicine Can Heal The Modern World

African traditional medicine is the oldest, and perhaps the most assorted, of all therapeutic systems. Africa is considered to be the cradle of mankind with a rich biological and cultural diversity marked by regional differences in healing practices. A…

Afro-Caribbean Religions
New History Finally Recognizes Afro-Creole Spiritualists

Emily Clark’s new work, A Luminous Brotherhood, is an extensive study of a subject that has weirdly been neglected in scholarship: the career of the Afro-Creole Spiritualist Cercle Harmonique from 1858 to 1877. Religious studies scholar Clark has thoro…

Everything You Need To Know About Traditional Tantra Yoga

I was initially trained as a yoga teacher in the Western tradition, but it wasn’t until I lived in an Indian ashram and practiced traditional tantra yoga that I truly came to my deepest understanding and expression of what yoga is.

In the shala (…

World Religions
Dinka people explained

The Dinka people are an ethnic group inhabiting the Bahr el Ghazal region of the Nile basin, Jonglei and parts of southern Kordufan and Upper Nile regions. The Dinkas are mainly agripastoral people, relying on cattle herding at riverside camps in the d…

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