Other Indigenous Traditions

Rising Religious Tide In China Overwhelms Atheist Doctrine

January 22, 2011

Author: David Briggs

Source: The Washington Post/ Association of Religion Data Archives

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-briggs/study-rising-religious-ti_b_811665.html

One of the last great efforts at state-sponsored atheism is a failure.

 

And not just any kind of failure. China has enforced its anti-religion policy through decades of repression, coercion and persecution, but the lack of success...

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Refugees Aim to Preserve Unique Vietnamese Faith

December 15, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Washington Post

Wire Service: AP

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/15/AR2010121504212.html

As darkness fell on a recent night, Duc Le donned a long white tunic and black cap, slipped off his shoes and joined other aging refugees to honor the new moon with the chanted prayers and offerings that mark the Vietnamese religion of...

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Goddess Worshippers

December 14, 2010

Author: Paul Kerley

Source: BBC News

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-11810057

The Sorte mountain, in Venzuela's western state of Yaracuy, is considered a sacred place by the faithful followers of Maria Lionza - a syncretic religion blending African, indigenous, and Catholic beliefs.

 

Mexicans Seek Charms, Potions To Ward Off Bad Luck

October 2, 2010

Author: Jason Beaubien

Source: National Public Radio

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=131001122

The Sonora Market near the center of Mexico City is a labyrinth of narrow alleyways that wind between overstuffed stalls where the air is thick with sage smoke. One entire section is known as the mercado de brujeria, or the "witchcraft market."

 

In a country facing tough times, Mexicans come to the...

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First Peoples Festival Featured Indigenous Culture In a Cityscape

September 1, 2010

Author: Gale Courey Toensing

Source: Indian Country Today

http://www.indiancountrytoday.com/home/content/First-Peoples-Festival-featured-indigenous-culture-in-a-cityscape-101642723.html

The Montreal First Peoples’ Festival – the city’s signature celebration of indigenous peoples art, history and cultures – took place in a brand new outdoor festival...

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The Sacred And the Profound: A Kaua‘i Kumu Hula Dances to Defend Wailua

August 4, 2010

Author: Joan Conrow

Source: The Honolulu Weekly

http://honoluluweekly.com/cover/2010/08/the-sacred-and-the-profound/

There was a period, last November, when unremitting lightning brought day to the night skies over windward Kauai, as thunder boomed, cracked and rolled. Brisk winds swept in rains so heavy and insistent that streets ponded, mud slid and streams rose, flooding buildings, forcing evacuations, closing bridges and...

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China's Leaders Harness Folk Religion for Their Aims

July 29, 2010

Author: Louisa Lim

Source: NPR

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=128672542

In China, folk religion has undergone a remarkable rebirth since the days of the Cultural Revolution four decades ago, when all religious worship was banned.

One example of a folk goddess that has gained an enormous following is Mazu, a sea deity believed to protect sailors and fishermen. Though she started as a local folk goddess, she...

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Chinese Turn to Religion to Fill a Spiritual Vacuum

July 18, 2010

Author: Louisa Lim

Source: NPR

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=128544048

Alongside China's astonishing economic boom, an almost unnoticed religious boom has quietly been taking place.

In the country's first major survey on religious beliefs, conducted in 2006, 31.4 percent of about 4,500 people questioned described themselves as religious. That amounts to more than 300 million religious believers, an...

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Native Representation Strong At 2010 Olympics

February 12, 2010

Author: Sam Laskaris

Source: Indian Country Today

http://www.indiancountrytoday.com/archive/84248972.html

History is being made at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

And not just by the athletes in search of medals or personal bests in a competition that may be the pinnacle of their sporting careers.

These games, which run Feb. 12 – 28, are also historic because there has been unprecedented aboriginal participation in the...

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Austria's Traditional 'Mullerlauf' Wards Off Winter Demons

January 26, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Earth Times

http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/305767,austrias-traditional-mullerlauf-wards-off-winter-demons.html

Austria's western state of Tyrol is home to the pre-Christian tradition known as the Mullerlauf when men and boys don scary masks with crooked noses and bushy beards to conduct a procession to the sound of rattles and jingle bells in the cold...

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School for Shamans to Save Culture From Extinction

January 17, 2010

Author: Stephen Messenger

Source: TreeHugger.com

http://www.treehugger.com/files/2010/01/school-for-shamans-to-save-culture-from-extinction.php

While environmental groups and governmental policies are aiming at reducing deforestation and development in the Amazon rainforest to help preserve the world's most diverse terrestrial ecosystem, traditional indigenous cultures...

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Faiths Meet to Build Ties Across Religious Divides

December 8, 2009

Author: Christopher Landau

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8399758.stm

What happens when an imam, a priest and a rabbi get into a lift together?

It may sound like a joke, but it is an everyday occurrence at the world's largest inter-faith gathering - and such unexpected encounters are positively encouraged.

The Parliament of the World's Religions has brought together representatives from 80 nationalities and...

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In Venezuela, Adoration Meets Blend Of Traditions

October 27, 2009

Author: Simon Romero

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/28/world/americas/28venez.html

A medium lit the candles around him. The pounding of drums filled the air. A crowd of pilgrims repeatedly shouted “fuerza” — strength — with such fervor that beads of sweat dropped from their brows. Even his tipple was ready: a helper poured Johnnie Walker Swing whisky into a hollowed bull’s...

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