Archive for the ‘Traditions’ Category

Burma’s Legendary Shwedagon Pagoda: A Pilgrimage Site for the Faithful

Entrance to the terrace of the Shwedagon Pagoda from the south east corner (photo Catherine Clover 2012) By Catherine Clover – Never have I been so impressed...

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Retracing the Route: Mekong Exploration Commission (1866-68) to the Pak Ou Caves from Luang Prabang

Wat Xieng Thong, or the Golden Temple, Luang Prabang (photo Catherine Clover, 2013) By Catherine Clover – “In so far as Luang Prabang is like any other place,...

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Harran: Ancient Crossroads City of Mesopotamia

By Aigerim Korzhumbayeva –  “…44 km (25 miles) southeast of Urfa what you first experience is the scorching wind. Afterward, the Bedouin melancholy hovers...

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What’s Love Got to Do with It? The History of Valentine’s Day

Antoine-Denis Chaudet, Cupid, 1802, Louvre Museum (Photo in pubic domain) By Noah Charney We tend to think of Valentine’s Day as a “Hallmark holiday:” an excuse...

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