Tag: animism

A sacrificed dog’s skull and bones sit atop a personal shrine in the Tengzug chief’s palace in the Tongo Hills of northern Ghana.

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Magical amulets meant to offer protection hang from a Bambara man’s smock in Mali.

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A Bambara child wearing a magical amulet in the village of Falako in Mali.

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Portrait of a Chadian elderly woman wearing amulets.

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A Thian Hock Keng Temple in Singapore was built for the worship of Mazu, a Chinese sea goddess.

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A Palaung man pauses to worship a mountain spirit while hiking to a village to visit friends in the remote mountains of eastern Myanmar.

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Temple shrines reside in a cave where they are worshiped by local farmers from a nearby village in northern Vietnam.

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A grove once used as a sacrificial location for Udmurt animistic ceremonies.

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The Fire Festival, celebrated annually by the Nosu people in southwest China, involves several thousand people gathering on a mountainside arena to spectate and participate in events that include wrestling, bull fighting, horse racing and a model competition. The festival is concluded at night by dancing around a fire to music.

The Nosu are an ethnic minority who reside in northern Yunnan and southern Sichuan provinces of southwestern China.

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The Fire Festival, celebrated annually by the Nosu people in southwest China, involves several thousand people gathering on a mountainside arena to spectate and participate in events that include wrestling, bull fighting, horse racing and a model competition. The festival is concluded at night by dancing around a fire to music.

The Nosu are an ethnic minority who reside in northern Yunnan and southern Sichuan provinces of southwestern China.

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The Fire Festival, celebrated annually by the Nosu people in southwest China, involves several thousand people gathering on a mountainside arena. Fire Festival activities include wrestling, bull fighting, horse racing and a model competition. The festival is concluded at night by dancing around a fire to music.

The Nosu are an ethnic minority who reside in northern Yunnan and southern Sichuan provinces of southwestern China.

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Children prepare fire torches and then proceed to run in the street at dusk along the road in a Nosu village. They are celebrating the final events of the Fire Festival, celebrated annually by the Nosu people in the southwest mountains of China.

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A family participates in a sacrificial ceremony in their living room. The ceremony involves the killing of an animal that is placed in their doorway, followed by incantations by a village shaman. The meat is later cooked. The Nosu are an ethnic minority who reside in northern Yunnan and southern Sichuan provinces of southwestern China.

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A Nosu family participates in a sacrificial ceremony in their living room. The ceremony involves the killing of an animal that is placed in their doorway, followed by incantations by a village shaman. The Nosu are an ethnic minority who reside in northern Yunnan and southern Sichuan provinces of southwestern China.

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Portrait of a Nosu believer in her traditional dress. The Nosu are an ethnic minority who reside in northern Yunnan and southern Sichuan provinces of southwestern China. Every July, they celebrate the Fire Festival. They are predominantly animistic in their beliefs.

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Portrait of a Nosu believer in her traditional dress. The Nosu are an ethnic minority who reside in northern Yunnan and southern Sichuan provinces of southwestern China. Every July, they celebrate the Fire Festival. They are predominantly animistic in their beliefs.

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A man prays at a shrine in the the International Temple of Santa Muerte, in Tepito, Mexico City, Mexico. Nuestra Señora de la Santa Muerte, Our Lady of the Holy Death in English, is a female folk deity.

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The International Temple of Santa Muerte, in Tepito, Mexico City, Mexico, has the largest Death Saint statue in the world. Nuestra Señora de la Santa Muerte, Our Lady of the Holy Death in English, is a female folk deity.

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Sugar skulls for sale in Mexico City’s historic Coyoacán neighborhood. These intricately decorated creations are a well-known part of celebrations of Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, also known as Catholic All-Souls Day. On Día de los Muertos, people leave sugar skulls, sometimes decorated with the names of loved ones who have died, on an altar as an offering.

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Aztec shamans perform cleansing rituals in the historic Zócalo area of Mexico City, Mexico.

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