Other Indigenous Traditions

Austria's Traditional 'Mullerlauf' Wards Off Winter Demons

January 26, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Earth Times

http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/305767,austrias-traditional-mullerlauf-wards-off-winter-demons.html

Austria's western state of Tyrol is home to the pre-Christian tradition known as the Mullerlauf when men and boys don scary masks with crooked noses and bushy beards to conduct a procession to the sound of rattles and jingle bells in the cold...

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School for Shamans to Save Culture From Extinction

January 17, 2010

Author: Stephen Messenger

Source: TreeHugger.com

http://www.treehugger.com/files/2010/01/school-for-shamans-to-save-culture-from-extinction.php

While environmental groups and governmental policies are aiming at reducing deforestation and development in the Amazon rainforest to help preserve the world's most diverse terrestrial ecosystem, traditional indigenous cultures...

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Faiths Meet to Build Ties Across Religious Divides

December 8, 2009

Author: Christopher Landau

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8399758.stm

What happens when an imam, a priest and a rabbi get into a lift together?

It may sound like a joke, but it is an everyday occurrence at the world's largest inter-faith gathering - and such unexpected encounters are positively encouraged.

The Parliament of the World's Religions has brought together representatives from 80 nationalities and...

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In Venezuela, Adoration Meets Blend Of Traditions

October 27, 2009

Author: Simon Romero

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/28/world/americas/28venez.html

A medium lit the candles around him. The pounding of drums filled the air. A crowd of pilgrims repeatedly shouted “fuerza” — strength — with such fervor that beads of sweat dropped from their brows. Even his tipple was ready: a helper poured Johnnie Walker Swing whisky into a hollowed bull’s...

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Students Must Learn About Other Religions: Judge

September 2, 2009

Author: Graeme Hamilton

Source: National Post

http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=1956333

Christian parents who objected to their children being taught about other religions in a mandatory new Quebec school course have suffered a serious setback with a ruling this week that the teachings do not infringe their religious freedoms.

Quebec Superior Court Justice Jean-Guy Dubois dismissed a bid by parents in Drummondville, Que., who...

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Montreal’s First Peoples’ Festival Features Multi-Disciplinary Arts, Culture And Fun

July 17, 2009

Author: Gale Courey Toensing

Source: Indian Country Today

http://www.indiancountrytoday.com/home/content/50469162.html

Indigenous films and videos; paintings, sculptures, baskets and pottery; demonstrations of stone cutting, totem making and other traditional artisan skills; workshops, lectures, forums and storytelling; networking with indigenous peoples from the other side of the nearby river to as far away as Polynesia; hundreds of...

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Row Over Climbing At Ayers Rock

July 9, 2009

Author: Nick Bryant

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8141614.stm

A dispute has erupted in Australia over the issue of whether tourists should be banned from climbing Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock.

It is one of the country's biggest tourist attractions.

The national park which runs the site has proposed a ban for cultural and environmental reasons, supported by the local indigenous community.

...

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Zuma Inaugurated As South African President After Sanskrit Chants

May 9, 2009

Author: Fakir Hassen

Source: The Gaea News

http://blog.taragana.com/n/zuma-inaugurated-as-south-african-president-after-sanskrit-chants-57666/

A Hindu prayer started off the inauguration of South African President Jacob Zuma at the Union Buildings here Saturday.

As Indian Vice-President Hamid Ansari joined heads of state of 28 other countries, South African Hindu Maha Sabha president Ashwin...

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Local Artist Sends Prayer for Unity to Parliament Of World Religions

March 12, 2009

Author: Kathy Nance

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

http://www.stltoday.com/blogzone/civil-religion/nance/2009/12/local-artist-sends-prayer-for-unity-to-parliament-of-world-religions/

On this first full day of the Parliament of World Religions (PWR) in Melbourne, Australia, a group of Pagans met to give blessings to four rattles created by St. Louis artist...

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Nigeria: Lagos House to Hold Public Hearing On Traditional Religion

June 11, 2008

Author: Taiwo Ogunmola

Source: AllAfrica.com

http://allafrica.com/stories/200806110446.html

A public hearing on the African Traditional Religion of Nigeria (ATREN) by the Lagos House of Assembly is to be held to determine whether to declare a public holiday known as Isese Day for traditional religion worshipper in Lagos State.

This was disclosed by the Speaker Hon. Adeyemi Ikuforiji, sequel to the Honorable members disposition toward the request...

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Ancient Race Confronted by Militant Islam, Modernism

June 11, 2008

Author: Saeed Shah

Source: Globe and Mail

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080611.wkalasha11/BNStory/International/home

If Osama bin Laden is hiding in the remote mountains and valleys of Chitral, he has an ancient pagan race for uncomfortable company.

On the northwest tip of Pakistan, bordering Afghanistan's Nuristan province, Chitral has long been thought a possible refuge...

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Hindu Council of New Zealand Holds Conference on Yoga, Meditation and Ayurveda

May 23, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Hinduism Today/Hindu Press International

http://www.hinduismtoday.com/hpi/2008/5/24.shtml#1

Maori King Tuheitia inaugurates Hindu Conference His Highness Te Arikinui King Tuheitia, the Maori King, inaugurated the 2nd New Zealand Hindu Conference on 16 May 2008 at the Hindu Heritage Centre, Auckland by lighting the lamp in the traditional Hindu way for the auspicious beginning of the conference. This is an important event...

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Aboriginal Activists Protest Kangaroo Cull

May 20, 2008

Author: ROD McGUIRK

Source: AP

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5inZ7Mqa5zy3UEw3RmXLovMCkB0WwD90PPOA80

Police arrested eight Aboriginal activists after they climbed a fence into a government site Wednesday to protest the culling of 400 kangaroos, which are viewed as sacred symbols by Australia's indigenous people.

The four men and four women were expected to be charged with trespassing later Wednesday, police said....

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