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  • Myanmar: The Cult of the Nats

    Every year in Tangbyon, an important ritual sees thousands of Burmans come to ask their mediums to dance, so they may contact the Nats, spirits that are able to offer them a better future. In this country, where homosexuality is still illegal, the ritual provides a space where homosexuals, transv...

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    In Madagascar, from July to September, the inhabitants of the island profit from the dry season to organize a traditional rite: the Famadihana, or the “return of the dead”. During the ceremony, the bodies are removed from the vault and the descendants happily carry the exhumed body of the decease...

  • Guatemala: Kites for the Dead

    On 1 November in the cemeteries of the Sacatépequez region of Guatemala, the people are not sad for the dead. They communicate with the deceased in a unique and poetic way, using kites. The Guatemalans talk to their ancestors through strings and small pieces of colored paper, fluttering in the wind.