April 1, 1937 — The Berliner Illustrirte Zeitung ran a story about Siamese twins joined by their beard.
The story noted: “The brothers have solved all the problems of life joined together by means of their exemplary camaraderie. It is interesting that the phenomenon only manifested itself when the twins reached the age of 14.
VOGUE DANCE - UNITED STATES
BLACK GAY CULTURE
A dance form popular in the 1970s and 80s. Voguing began in the Harlem gay scene as a non-aggressive battle between two feuding individuals- who chose to use dance instead of violence to settle differences. Voguing often imitated the perfect lines and flexibility of model poses seen in fashion magazine such as Vogue- of the which the dance got its name. No touching was allowed during vogue challenges, even though dancers would often become intertwined in each others extended arms, legs and hand moves. The voguer with the best dance moves was declared the winner of the battle. There were different styles of the vogue, including pantomimes or moves imitating the challenger.
Though voguing originated in the Harlem ball scene, it entered mainstream homes with Madonna’s hit single “Vogue”. Voguing later evolved into popular fundraising shows and individual dance styles. Today, most houses use a type of dance called the j. sette to challenge each other.
Female Shamanism - Tohoku (JAPAN)
Female Shamanism used to be a large phenomenon within Japan; today it is limited to the region of Tohoku. In this region there is still a great folk tradition where the more esoteric sides of Eastern religion are still practiced today. These female shamans photographed are celebrating death. They mourn the dead, perform rituals to evoke the spirits of the deceased, and then perform ritualistic dances all night. These women are exuberant and in celebration, of not life but death.
photography by Masatoshi Naito
Sky burial is a ritual that has great religious meaning. Tibetans are encouraged to witness this ritual, to confront death openly and to feel the impermanence of life. They believe that the corpse is nothing more than an empty vessel. The spirit, or the soul, of the deceased has exited the body to be reincarnated into another circle of life. The corpse is offered to the vultures.
It is believed that the vultures are Dakinis. Dakinis are the Tibetan equivalent of angels. In Tibetan, Dakini means “sky dancer”. Dakinis will take the soul into the heavens, which is understood to be a windy place where souls await reincarnation into their next lives.
The Afar, nomads and pastoralists, live in the “Afar triangle” (or Danakil) in the Horn of Africa, now straddling the territories of three countries: Ethiopia, Eritrea and Djibouti. Breeders of goats, sheep, camels and cattle, the Afar also ensured once the caravan transportation on behalf of Yemeni merchants between the Ethiopian highlands and the Red Sea. Long Islamized (Sunni), they remain imbued with traditional animist beliefs and reminiscences of ancient Egypt.
[…] Initiated in November 2010, the Afar project is now coming close to its end. It has been a slow motion project made up of patience and impregnation. The photographer made four journeys, spending several months in immersion in the Afar community, sharing their life in the settlements.
[…] According to the photographer, it is “an attempt at portraying the beauty and majesty, as well as preserving the memory of the Afar people and of this region of the world where human communities continue to live according to their ancient cultures and traditions in a pristine natural environment”. Bearing witness, helping understand and inspire action, if possible, but also presenting Africa through lenses radically different than the ‘evils’ (wars, epidemics, famines, poverty…) or some exotic and simplistic clichés through which she tends to be caricatured.
here are the full 26 illustrations i did for my school project! (i took some pics of the printed book which you can view here)
i did an A to Z illustration book of singapore’s famous urban legends and ghosts, some of which are pretty creepy and kept me up at night lol but it was worth it, i learned a lot of cool folklore and had fun drawing these characters :’D
since tumblr restricts file resolutions, i uploaded a bigger version over here! the feedback i got from the crit was that i should’ve added a small description of each of the ghosts, so if any of you are interested in finding out more of these guys, do drop me an ask!
How to protect yourself from an anthropologist
- Know your rights, and assert them!
-It is not your duty to accommodate anthropologists;
-Do not assume that anthropologists ever have your best interests at heart;
-Always be suspicious of the work of anthropologists, and be prepared to reject their presence as both a first and last resort;
-Do not expect anthropologists to safeguard your rights and your interests;
-Be aware of the fact that anything you share with anthropologists could conceivably be used against you and/or your community, now and in the future;
-Do not rely on anthropologists to keep your information confidential — they can be forced to surrender their material under the laws of their countries, and all of the documents and information they gathered from you can be seized, scanned, and copied when they travel to or through the United States or the United Kingdom.
-Confidentiality that is respected with doctors and lawyers is not legally enforced with anthropologists;
Do not follow these guidelines too closely, without adding your own or redesigning what you read, because a smart anthropologist will find ways of working around these ideas, if they want to.
Reminded me of this. Hugh Gusterson, ‘What’s in a Laptop?’
Sentinelese of the Andaman Islands - India
The most isolated tribe on earth
Situated in the bay of Bengal, the Andaman islands have been known to outsiders since ancient times. Andaman islanders respond with intense hostility at any attempt of outside contact, hurling arrows and stones at any unlucky visitor approaching their shores.
In 2006, Sentinelese archers killed two fishermen who were fishing illegally within range of the island, and drove off the helicopter that was sent to retrieve their bodies with a hail of arrows. The current policy of the Indian government is to leave the islanders alone. There are currently no planned attempts to contact the Sentinelese and access to North Sentinel island is strictly forbidden.
Hijras now recognized by the state as an official 3rd gender in Bangladesh.
Hijras are male-bodied, but feminine-identified. They have been part of South Asian culture since antiquity, playing ceremonial roles. Today they are both celebrated and stigmatized.
Read about Bangladesh’s decision at the Dhaka Tribune.
"Welcome to Everybody’s Cup" - COCA COLA
The Lie and the Truth about native rigths in Brazil!
The Asurini tribe - Pará, Brazil
The system of graphic art
The decoration of the body, ceramics, gourds and other items of Asurini material culture comprise a system of graphic art, with its own grammar and the contents of which are related to different systems of meaning. These designs are stylizations of elements of nature, as well as representations of supernatural beings or symbolic elements
The Kalungas - Brazil
The Kalungas are descendants of run-away slaves who lived in remote settlements in northeastern Goiás state, Brazil. Most of the 4,000 Kalungas, who are of mixed race, black and native Indian, live in very poor conditions in near the town of Cavalcante, Goiás.