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my friend Ninawa Pai Da Mata is a Huni Kuin paje (shaman) who has been studying pajelanca for over 12 years. He lives 5 days by boat from Taruaca, in an area bordering territory occupied by uncontacted Indians. Uncontacted Indians have stolen stuff out of his house and shot arrows at him. Here he sings a healing song in his native language which is used in ceremony to call forward strength.

Mosul, Ninawa

Okey there’s a terrorist attack in north of Iraq/Kurdistan where the terrorist are bombing and murdering people to eventually get their beloved “islamic” country, they’re the same terrorist killing in Syria (the same guys that are stealing oil from the Iraqi/Syrian boarders and selling it extremly cheap to Turkey, and guess why Turkey? :) ) and most of them comes from Saudi Arabia etc, the bombings in Iraq were today and they’re plotting to spread it to more cities… I need you guys to spread the word, they’re trying to split us, they’re trying to make us look at eachother like we’re some animals just because we got different believes. So please make people aware of what’s REALLY going on in the middle east and not what the media is telling you…
Thanks

Healing/Medicine Songs Playlist

sweet angels, today i felt like creating a playlist with medicine healing songs that i listen to most of the time & that have guided me & aided me to grow, to be reminded of our heart song… of the simplicity & beauty of life. to breathe. to release. to heal. to just… be. i love you all  ♡ 

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Hatra, Ninawa Governorate, Iraq, ca. 3rd-2nd c. BCE. Seleucid Empire. Photos by Jean-Jacques Gelbart, via UNESCO.

On March 7, ISIS militants used bulldozers and explosives to raze the ruins of Hatra—the most recent in a series of atrocities rightly identified by UNESCO as “war crimes” and acts of “cultural cleansing.” Like the ancient city of Nimrud, with its great Palace of Ashurbanipal, the treasures of the Mosul Museum, and the countless antiquities scattered across the black market, Hatra is now lost to history. The site weathered centuries of upheaval, only to fall to a gang of thugs.

It seems inevitable, when reckoning with these losses, to compare them to the human casualties of ISIS. But to measure the worth of art against a human life is to miss the point. One informs and enriches the other, and in this time of intolerance and extremism, sites like Hatra were emblems of cultural diversity. With temples to the deities of at least five different faiths, Hatra reflected a pluralism repellent to ISIS. This erasure of Iraq’s cultural heritage is a symbolic gesture with tangible consequences, and not just for art historians and archaeologists. With so many Iraqi artworks exported to western museums, Hatra was an emblem of national identity. More broadly, it was a pinnacle of human achievement. It helped us understand how ancient peoples saw their world, and shaped the way we view our own.

News outlets have begun to report that another ancient city, Khorsabad, has fallen victim to ISIS. This is disgusting.