Bolivians celebrate growing economy as they build wishings at Alacitas festival

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Yearly event watches throngs of attendees spend money on miniatures and counterfeit money in hopes that their purchases will bring good fortune The streets of La Paz were strewn with fund on Sunday, as Bolivia celebrated its rising affluence and indigenous pride with an debauchery of wishful consumption at the annual Alacitas festival. The ritualistic […]


Cat calendar featuring Russian orthodox clergymen runs viral

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Bearded clerics attain rare foray into pop culture to pose with their pets for a glossy 2016 calendar A calendar featuring Russian Orthodox priests posing at home with their feline pets has gone viral in Russia. Priest+ Cat is published by an association of Christian artists, who commissioned a photographer to capture 12 smiling clergymen […]


‘A ticket to the next life’: the lavish Buddhist dog funerals of Bangkok

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Full funeral rites from the monks of Bangkoks Wat Krathum Suea Pla temple used to be for humans only until a new and lucrative market emerged Fou Fou always liked the good things in life. The pomeranian puppy had” a heart of gold” and a taste for expensive grilled pork. Varunthip Manthin loved the tiny […]


The art of making a jihadist

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We know about jihadists dedication to violence, but thats not the whole story, says expert Thomas Hegghammer. Theres a concealed culture of poetry, music and storytelling that sustains their ideology When Jihadi John, the Islamist terrorist who gloried in beheading captives, was uncovered as Mohammed Emwazi, a spokesman from Cagerecalled the west Londoner bringing posh […]


Megachurches: photographing America’s drab new cathedrals

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Lisa Anne Auerbach made a megazine of the structures hidden away from the centre of cities where thousands of people go to worship every week I started photographing megachurches as an oppositional idea, explains Lisa Anne Auerbach, a California photographer and artist. I had been doing a series about small free-standing businesses[ encapsulating] this idea […]