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 […]

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‘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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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