Descendants of slaves make a voodoo pilgrimage in Benin

Jan 13, 2017

Descendants of slaves make a voodoo pilgrimage in Benin

Every January, thousands of voodoo worshippers joined by crowds of tourists and descendants of slaves trudge down the long sand track leading to the beach at Ouidah in Benin. The cars, motorbikes and women in wrap skirts with tribal scars on their cheeks head ...

Christmas Eve brings pilgrims to Bethlehem, fears in Europe

Dec 25, 2016

Christmas Eve brings pilgrims to Bethlehem, fears in Europe

Christian leaders from the Vatican to Bethlehem struck a sombre note on Christmas Eve speaking of war, fear and division, as cities in Europe ramped up security in the shadow of the Berlin market attack. At the Vatican, Pope Francis urged the world’s 1.2 ...

In town of Jesus' birth, craftsmen take on Chinese knockoffs

Dec 23, 2016

In town of Jesus' birth, craftsmen take on Chinese knockoffs

Christmas is approaching and pilgrims and tourists have begun to arrive, crowding the souvenir shops that line the narrow streets and alleys of Bethlehem, the biblical town revered as Jesus’ birthplace. But when visitors choose to take a piece of the Holy Land back ...

Nov 30, 2016

Cossack songs and Ugandan dance on UNESCO's heritage list

Ugandan traditional music, which is dying out partly because it requires materials from endangered species, has been placed on UNESCO’s protected “Intangible Cultural Heritage” list, along with Portuguese pottery and Ukrainian Cossack songs. A UNESCO world heritage committee, meeting in Addis Ababa Tuesday, decided ...

'Death must be a Viennese,' and not just at Halloween

Oct 28, 2016

'Death must be a Viennese,' and not just at Halloween

Dominik Creazzi, “Paranormal Investigator” embossed on his jacket, strains his ears among the decaying tombstones of Vienna’s central cemetery, the last resting place of 3 million mortals from Beethoven to “Rock Me Amadeus” singer Falco. Armed with an array of high-tech gadgets to detect ...

Taiwan's tea entrepreneurs brew up new twists on tradition

Aug 21, 2016

Taiwan's tea entrepreneurs brew up new twists on tradition

Cheap instant “bubble tea” has become one of Taiwan’s best-known culinary exports. Now a new wave of entrepreneurs hopes a high-end modern take on traditional brews will also be sipped worldwide. Taiwan has been producing tea for more than 200 years, and a cup ...

French vineyards revive horse-drawn plows

Aug 14, 2016

French vineyards revive horse-drawn plows

The sight of a large, lumbering horse pulling a plow through a vineyard may seem like a time warp, but hundreds of French winegrowers have returned to the centuries-old practice. “It’s a picture postcard image,” said oenologist Gilles de Revel, adding that the renaissance ...