The Cornish Pasty: Part of Cornwall's Cultural Heritage
The delectable Cornish pasty has a long history. Did you know that there are rules which must be obeyed to ensure that a pasty bearing the description of Cornish is worthy of the name?
The Irish Timpan: Predecessor to the Harp?
Described in "The Silva Gadelicia", there is an obscure musical instrument, favoured by the Aos Sí and master musicians of Ireland past. With various descriptions, what actually was it? In this article, I attempt to find out.
The Guna: An Endangered People of the Caribbean Where Women Rule
The Guna are native people who live in Panama and Colombia. They are at risk of loosing their land to rising sea levels. Directly related to the Caribs, from which the name Caribbean derives, they are one of the few matriarchal society in existence today. This article is about them.
An Interview with Felix Padel, Renowned Anthropologist and the Great-Great Grandson of Charles Darwin
This interview was done in 2015, when I visited Felix Padel, famous anthropologist and the great-great grandson of Charles Darwin, in Odisha
Ancestral Marks: Resurrecting the Art of the Kahuna Ka Uhi
The art of traditional tattooing nearly died out among the Hawaiians. But it has been reborn. Join me on a journey through the history of tattooing and my quest to receive a tattoo from Keli'i Makua.
Tohono O'odham Peoplehood Reduced to Water Politics in Arizona State Museum Exhibit
I recently visited the Paths of Life exhibit at the Arizona State Museum, and was dismayed at their simplistic representation of identity and history of the Tohono O'odham (a local tribe in the US Southwest). Here, I take short a research-style approach to analyzing the exhibit.
Native Hawaiians Don't Want Your Tourism, or, Peoplehood Resists Cultural Commodification
Though U.S. citizens may consider Hawaii a typical state, Native Hawaiians consider their land to be an occupied territory, with tourism and colonization acting to degrade their peoplehood. #epic research paper on cultural prostitution
Weaving the Dead: Völvas and Their Analogues in Europe
Within Norse history, no figure is more elusive and secretive than the Völva. Little is known about the practices of these figures. Were they witches?
The Peopling of Britain: Legendary Origins in Anatolia
Where did the British people come from? Several hints to their origin originate from medieval documents, and yet other clues come from the genetic record. Could Anatolia be the home of the Brits?
Joining of Hands: Handfasting in Medieval and Modern Society
Handfasting is common practice in Neopagan circles. Many believe this practice dates back to the pagan Celts, but does it really?
King Arthur’s Wain: Constellations of the British Celts
The British Celts have given us the Mabinogion and Arthurian Legends. Is it possible that constellation lore is imbedded within them?
Macha’s Nut Harvest: The Severed Head in Western Europe
The severed head is routinely found throughout the literature and archaeology in Celtic and Norse territories. Is it possible that the severed head served as more than simply a war trophy?
Passing Through the Middle: Death and Reincarnation Amongst the Celts
The Celts were renown for their military prowess and fearlessness in battle. This has been attributed to their belief in reincarnation. Do myths and legends preserve this belief?
Good, Evil or Mischievous: The Legend of Latin America's El Duende
You may have heard of Big Foot or Chupacabras. But El Duende, the "elf-like creature" in the forest is gaining notoriety. So who is this mysterious being and is it good or evil?
Hazzi: The Mountain God—Key to Understanding Early Civilizations
Not much is known about the mythical Hazzi, but what exists about the mountain god, may serve as a key to understanding early civilizations and the migration between continents.
The Lore of Beers and Ales for the Germanic Cultures
The lore, folk tales, and myths of ale and beer for the Germanic peoples: Germans, Norse, Anglo-Saxons, and the English.
Slainte! The Celtic Wassail – The Histories and Folklore of Mead and Honey in Celtic Lands
The lore of mead, honey, and bees in the ancient insular Celtic lands.
Social Webs: Relationships of Stratification and Equality
What comes to mind when you think of the word “relationship?” It the social sciences it implies a connection between people or groups. Many relationships are beneficial, while some bring hardships.
Anthropology: Cultural Relativism and Universal Human Rights
In a rapidly changing global society where traditional cultures under pressure, we must respect our many diverse ways of life without giving up the ethical demand for universal human rights.