Rural Eastern Cape
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Perceptions of marriage abduction as a recent phenomenon hide the violence that has been done to women as part of culture.
An important ceremony: the U.S. Capitol during President Donald Trump’s 2017 inauguration.
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Formal ceremonies and rituals can trigger psychological signals that command people’s attention and strengthen the perceived importance of those moments.
The Christmas we celebrate today around the world, whether in northern winter or southern summer, has its roots in many cultures and traditions.
Preparing food is an important ritual in providing care and comfort.
Biblical texts contain many references to food, reflecting the complex symbolism in the preparation and sharing of food.
An annual tradition or a national embarrassment.
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The annual Dec. 5 tradition sees performers don blackface and afro wigs. But a growing number of Dutch citizens believe it’s time to wave goodbye to Black Pete.
Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett is sworn in Oct. 12 for her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
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Taking oath is an important tradition before assuming charge of a public office. It entails a commitment to the future. What is the history of oath-taking?
You can still enjoy some of the fun of Halloween celebrations this year, and stay safe. It helps to look back at the origins of some of the spooky traditions.
Not sure if you’re paying the right price for your tree? The Hotelling equation modified by Faustmann can help.
A Protestant tradition with pagan roots, the Christmas tree is now a global phenomenon. It also reveals much about market economics, so let’s climb on the sleigh and take a ride around this holiday item…
The Bomvana say the global development agenda has created division because it sees people as individuals rather than primarily as members of a collective.
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Centuries-old shinise businesses have withstood Westernisation, changing tastes and increasing competition.
Like a finely tuned jazz musician.
We often spend time thinking about how we can change ourselves rather than rejoicing in what makes us truly unique.
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.
Brotherhood is produced by men with a sense of licence and tradition, and is sustained through particular rites of passage and rituals of abuse.
Addressing male cultures of tribalism and violence needs to be central to the response to reports of hazing and violence in Austrslia’s university colleges.
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.
Libby’s continues to fiercely compete with pumpkin pie peddlers Borden’s, Snowdrift and Mrs. Smith’s for a place on the Thanksgiving table.
At one point, turkey was jockeying with duck and chicken for king of the Thanksgiving table.
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.
Gold torc found in Staffordshire.
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Torcs found in the Staffordshire hills can reveal a lot about Iron Age society.
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We object to the vitriol in public discourse today, but 19th century commentators were equally up-in-arms over the abuse of a romantic institution.
Christmas tends to assume a strong sense of its own significance in times of protracted conflict.