The Maasai: Five Facts About the Ancient African Tribe
The Maasai are instantly recognisable for their iconic red garments and decorative jewellery. Their way of life revolves around their vast cattle herds, and they have preserved these ancient traditions for generations.
Funeral Ceremony of a Titled Man in Awkuzu, Anambra State, Nigeria
This article discusses the traditional rites carried out during the funeral of a Titled man in Awkuzu town, Anambra State.
Igba-Nkwu: Traditional Marriage Rites of Awkuzu People
This article contains a brief summary of the original traditional marriage rites of the Awkuzu people in Anambra State, Nigeria. Sadly, some of these traditions are no longer being observed by the current generation.
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.
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.
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?
Joining of Hands: Handfasting in Medieval and Modern Society
Handfasting is common practice in Neo-Pagan 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 embedded within them?
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
This article shares the lore of mead, honey, and bees in the ancient insular Celtic lands.
Anthropology: Cultural Relativism and Universal Human Rights
In a rapidly changing global society where traditional cultures are under pressure, we must respect our many diverse ways of life without giving up the ethical demand for universal human rights.
Human Zoo Exhibits: Scientific Racism in the 20th Century
At the start of the 20th century, Darwin’s theory of evolution became a convenient support for racist beliefs that there is a hierarchy of primates with white people at the pinnacle.