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World rituals – eight captivating celebrations

One of the great pleasures of travel is observing – and learning from – the locals. When it comes to the rich folk heritage of Eastern Europe, few events carry the visceral punch of Bulgaria’s annual kukeri processions

After collecting the horns from the church at eight o'clock in the morning, the Horn Dancers comprising six Deer-men, a Fool, Hobby Horse, Bowman and Maid Marian, perform their dance to music provided by a melodian player at locations throughout the village and its surrounding farms and pubs. A walk of about 10 miles (or 16 kilometres).

Horn Dancers by Butter Cross The Abbots Bromley Horn Dance UK.

Fantastic action packed video of a stilt dance ceremony our Accra to Freetown overland group got to witness in Turn the music up and enjoy the performa.

In Burkina Faso: FESTIMA, a festival of African masks - Al Jazeera English

The frantic music and dancing transform the mask wearer into a spirit which communicates with ancestors.

In a ritual that is hanging on in just a few isolated pockets of Louisiana, children are chased down, good-naturedly, for a lesson in religion.

Mardi Gras Chase in the Bayou Ends With Gentle Lashings, and Prayers

In a ritual that is hanging on in just a few isolated pockets of Louisiana, children are chased down, good-naturedly, for a lesson in religion.

Earth Mysteries: Morris Dancing

Morris dancing has been claimed to be a remnant of a pre-Christian Celtic, or Druidic, fertility dance.

In 'Celestial Wives of the Meadow Mari,' filmmaker Aleksey Fedorchenko explores the underground rituals and fertility practices of a pagan tribe in the Russian Urals.

A week of song, dance, and stories of Indigenous peoples of the Northwest Coast kicked off today at the Museum of Anthropology (MOA), as part of the 2016 Coastal First Nations Dance Festival, which will take place from March 1 to 6.

A week of song, dance, and stories of Indigenous peoples of the Northwest Coast kicked off today at the Museum of Anthropology (MOA), as part of the 2016 Coastal First Nations Dance Festival, which will take place from March 1 to

Man in mask, Venice Carnival 2015, Italy Europe - copyright Kiki Deere

Man in mask, Venice Carnival Italy Europe - copyright Kiki Deere

This image brings about many questions. I think it is a strong composition and I enjoy the tones and colors.

New exhibit October "Home Truths: Photography, Motherhood and Loss" - Tierney Gearon Photography

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Stilt dancer in - we visit this stilt dancing ceremony in Ivory Coast on our overland adventure trips between and

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