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”

Throughout Christian history, alcohol was rarely a taboo as it is in some circles today. John Calvin had a stipend of 250 gallons of wine per year written into his church contract. Martin Luther’s wife was a famed brewer of beer, which certainly won Martin’s heart. And the Guinness family created their renowned Irish Stout as an act of worship to Jesus. From Bordeaux to Berlin, wine and beer have always been part of church tradition.
—  Preston Sprinkle, Relevant Magazine, "What Does the Bible Really Say About Alcohol?" 

The beat of change in American churches

As some congregations become more open to gays and lesbians in membership and leadership, liberal churches turn away from the Scriptures and toward the world, argue some readers. But others say these churches are doing what Jesus taught and that some of the Bible’s traditions are outdated.



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.


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


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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