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Witchdoctors in Tanzania are defying a government ban announced on Friday, intended to stop the killings of people with albinism for ritual medicine. It comes days after the latest murder of an albino man in Tanzania brought the national death toll to at least 40 since mid-2007.
 Tanzania witchdoctor albino ritual medicine
The New Zealand government has agreed to acknowledge Maori ownership of the haka war dance used by the national rugby team, the All Blacks. The agreement comes after protracted negotiations between the government and several Maori tribes seeking compensation for historic grievances. Millions of dollars are being paid in a comprehensive settlement. The move follows concerns the Ka Mate haka, known to rugby fans world-wide, was being...

2009-02-11

 New Zealand ritual Maori dance rugby culture
The bones of twelve maori people which have lain in boxes in the National Museum and Gallery of Wales in Cardiff since the 1920s have been handed over to New Zealand at a special ceremony.

2009-11-16

 museum burial Maori New Zealand toread Wales ritual
Chimpanzees deal with death in much the same way as humans, studies suggest. ... The scientists say this suggests other species, particularly apes, are more like humans than we might think.

2010-04-26

 chimpanzee death mourning psychology human rights bereavement ritual animal
The information technology industry was granted a rare Royal Charter at a full-blown ceremony at St Paul's Cathedral...

2010-06-18

 UK royal guild heraldry information technology ritual
The elephants are routinely forced to touch the heads of pilgrims with their trunks as a form of blessing. But officials say the practice could be putting the animals at risk of tuberculosis.

2010-08-04

 India ritual religion elephant tuberculosis
On one day of the year the Dogon people of Mali can fish in the sacred water of Lake Antogo. It’s every fisherman for himself as the lake is emptied in minutes.

2011-01

 Mali fishing lake Dogon tradition ritual
Egypt has closed the Great Pyramid outside Cairo after rumours that groups would try to hold special rituals on 11 November at 11:11.

2011-11-11

 ritual pyramid Egypt superstition tourism
Zimbabwean police believe there is a nationwide syndicate of women raping men, possibly to use their semen for use in rituals that claim to make people wealthy.

2011-01-28

 Zimbabwe man rape women semen sperm ritual superstition incredible
What aspects of religion should atheists (respectfully) adopt? Alain de Botton suggests a "religion for atheists" -- call it Atheism 2.0 -- that incorporates religious forms and traditions to satisfy our human need for connection, ritual and transcendence...

2011-07

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