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Centuries-old shinise businesses have withstood Westernisation, changing tastes and increasing competition.
An artisan is working with a silk weaving loom in her workshop.
Many major luxury goods firms have long made place a key part of their identity, and a visit to a traditional silk-weaving centre in Vietnam shows that the approach could work for small firms too.
Jordanian Bedouin border guards on parade.
The old ways of doing things still matter – it's just that some of it now takes place online.
Working together on a once-a-year project feels festive and special.
Holiday traditions – whether culinary, religious, decorative or musical – help families bond and individuals feel stable and content.
Traditional medicine should be recognised in the treatment of mental disorders.
Traditional medicine is believed to be accessible and affordable but should be made complimentary to contemporary medicine in the treatment of mental disorders.
Christmas tends to assume a strong sense of its own significance in times of protracted conflict.
The African Union laboratory in Nansana, a suburb of Kampala, Uganda.
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There is a growing trend of designing modernised replicas of traditional buildings for entertainment and tourism. That’s no way to salvage positive lessons from building traditions.
A woman waits backstage during the recording of the dating show ‘Meet you on Saturday.’
In only 30 years, a generations-old system of arranged marriages has been completely upended.
South Africa is taking a tough stance against the practice of abducting and forcing young girls into marriage that’s still rife in some parts of the country.
The reasons for the phenomenon of child marriage are complex and include the fact that in customary law, marriageable age was never reckoned as an actual number but depended on puberty.
In the Netherlands, the tradition goes that Sinterklaas lives in Madrid, wears a red clerical robe and a bishop’s mitre, and has servants called ‘Zwarte Pieten’ (Black Peters).
The celebration of Christmas has distinct variations around the world, with many of these local traditions arising from particular historical circumstances.
Dutch painter Pieter Claesz’s Still Life with Turkey Pie (1627) features a cooked turkey that’s been placed back inside its original skin, feathers and all.
Most of the flavor combinations and traditions we've come to associate with the holiday date back to the Middle Ages.
Hungry for more than just the turkey.
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Our panel discusses the benefits of gathering for an annual holiday meal. Traditions and rituals give us a sense of identity and closeness with those we love – and come with mental and physical health benefits too.
AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo is fighting a 12-year jail sentence for arson and other crimes.
By challenging the courts, King Dalindyebo is testing the degree of impunity with which traditional leaders can get away.
Zulu king Goodwill Zwelithini with the late former South African president Nelson Mandela and Inkatha Freedom Party leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi. Mandela combined a deep faith in culture and constitutionalism.
The recent skirmishes about culture in the public space represent the tip of an iceberg that can be properly characterised as a cultural backlash.
Through force of ritual practice and habit, Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers manages the emotions of a parliamentary ovation.
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Taking extra care and consideration for those with dementia can make Christmas a much more enjoyable experience for all.
Christmas can be a stressful time for hosts and guests alike, and it's more so for carers of people living with dementia.
Love is still a modern goal, and its connection with individual freedom, agency and autonomy makes it a difficult idea to reject.
Earlier this year, Byron Bay mayor Simon Richardson announced that he wants his council to pass a motion recognising same-sex marriage and to set up a “love park”. That the theme of the park is love rather…
Back, sperm, back: a human egg on the tip of a pin.
Elephants in the room, part two For all our schemes and mantras about making our lives environmentally “sustainable”, humanity’s assault on the planet not only continues but expands. What are the deep…