Ancient tradition

Saudi hospitality: Jubbah a city without doors

The Jubbah Oasis in northern Saudi Arabia, where humans lived during periods of increased rainfall hundreds of thousands of years ago. Image Credit: Courtesy: Projet Paléodéserts Abu Dhabi: Like the Indian village of Shani Chingnapur in Maharashtra which has caught the world’s attention because all of its houses are without locks and doors, the Saudi Arabian town of Jubbah in …

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Luxury is home made this heritage month

September is a month of celebration in South Africa. We go back to the roots, we come together and we celebrate what makes us the epitome of South Africa. South Africa’s heritage is deeply rooted in its distinctiveness. While it is rare for a country to have both a diverse cultural and natural heritage, we find ourselves blessed with both; …

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The island with an ancient history that explains the world

In July 1997, I had the chance to spend a few days among the Paiwan, an aboriginal people of the highlands of south central Taiwan. I was in the country for generally academic reasons, attending a conference at a research center in Taipei, but had been invited by a few anthropology students who were undertaking fieldwork in the interior of …

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In Afghanistan, girls are forced to dress like boys

AREF KARIMI / Getty Society tells us, even as young girls, that boys have an easier time. But basically here in America boys and girls have equal access to education, work, and sports (mostly). We may not all have equity, but many of us have access to it, and that means something. For boys and girls in Afghanistan, life is …

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Faith must identify with those who suffer, says the Pope at mass

ŠAŠTIN, Slovakia – The world needs Christians who are “signs of contradiction,” who demonstrate the beauty of the gospel rather than hostility towards others, said Pope Francis. Celebrating Mass on the last day of his apostolic trip to Slovakia on September 15, the Pope said the country needs such prophets who are “models of fraternal life, where society experiences tensions …

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Taliban and Afghan women in sport: La Tribune India

Rohit mahajan SHOULD WE allow women to play sports? Is it necessary for women to play sports? In the civilized world, anyone who uses the words “allow” and “necessary” in the context of women in sport – or any other field of human endeavor – would be considered an idiot who is not suitable to be taken seriously. But not …

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The ancient roots of Greek hospitality

The Story of Baucis and Philemon – a pair of former Hospitallers who were saved by Zeus and Hermes. Credit: Wikipedia / Public domain. The Greek word Philoxenia, literally translated as “the friend of a stranger”, is widely seen as synonymous with hospitality. For the Greeks, it is much deeper than that. It is an unspoken cultural law which shows …

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The strange race to find a billion years gone

“On these timescales, we’re not really good at fine-tuning an age for the exact missing time,” says Francis Macdonald, professor of geology at the University of California at Santa Barbara, who was also involved in the research. “And so the previous theory suggested that okay, it all forms once, with glaciation – but we say ‘no, it formed over hundreds …

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