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The tika/benda/matha-patti(as known in Northern India) is worn on the forehead. In Rajasthan, it is known as borla. The sheesh-phool is worn at the crest of the hair from where the juda(bun) or plaits are tied. Chapadia and jhoomar are also meant for the hair.

There is a tradition called “El toro de la Vega” where some people riding horses and others running chase a bull until he is exhausted and then kill him with spears.

Right now there is a manifestation going on to fight against it and stop today’s programmed death to a bull that they have called “Elegido” (means “Chosen”). People are going against the village that wants to kill the bull today, but also against the police, who is trying to stop de manifestation and help the killers kill the bull, and politicians who mostly have nothing against the tradition and don’t give a shit and don’t want to try stopping it.

the link is a video of the manifestation posted a few minutes ago. They are screaming “Elegido vivo” meaning “Chosen alive”

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Fantastic Kissing Vases by Ceramic by Johnson Tsang  

Hong Kong-based ceramic artist Johnson Tsang specializes in using a surrealist imagination to blend the worlds of humans and objects. His latest work is this fantastic series of kissing vases he’s entitled Out of the Rim.

After carefully forming each vase, Johnson made incisions with great precision and split the vases down to about 2″ above the base. He then gently pushed each slice outward, to create a stunning visual effect of a row of symmetrical faces. Finally, two of the vases are placed together to make it appear as if they were kissing.

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In the Name of God

The Ramnamis are a small hindu sect from central India. As leather-workers they are on the lowest rung of the caste-system, because they process the skins of dead cows and are considered ‘untouchable’. Traditionally this status meant that they were prevented from entering Hindu temples along with the other castes. So, in an expression of their own proud religious convictions, the Ramnamis began the practice of tattooing the name of the god, (Ram) all over their faces and bodies. In this way they wished to show that everyone is equal in the eyes of God and that they have no need of temples to confess their faith. Today the Ramnami tradition continues with its own strand of Hindu belief and outdoor prayer areas, and its members hold their heads high in the knowledge of their devotion to their faith.

Olivia Arthur 2005

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Some claim the traditional Danish Æbleskiver actually come from Vikings cooking batter in old shield bosses!  Either way, I’m buying myself a pan and making them immediately…

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In India piercings were regarded as a mark of beauty and social standing as well as a Hindu’s honor to Parvati, the goddess of marriage. Nose piercing is still popular in India. The piercings are often an intregal part of Indian wedding jewelry.

Edward S. Curtis, Dancing to Restore an Eclipsed Moon (Kwakiutl People), 1906.

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Zedeka Poindexter - “Peach Cobbler” 

"The best story my family knows how to tell you will fill your belly with memories."

Performing during our open call video shoot in Omaha, NE.

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Bangles hold different meanings according to their color. Some regions have specific bangles associated with their local traditions, and there is a more general color code for bangles as well. Red bangles symbolize energy, blue bangles symbolize wisdom and purple symbolizes independence. Green stands for luck or marriage and yellow is for happiness. Orange bangles mean success, white ones mean new beginnings and black ones mean power. Silver bangles mean strength, while gold bangles mean fortune.

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