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1725 A young worshipper--Zhouni monastery , Gansu Province , China

1725 A young worshipper--Zhouni monastery , Gansu Province , China

Japanese Tea Ceremony - Cha-no-yu (the tea ceremony) or Sadô (lit. the way of tea)

Japanese Tea Ceremony - Cha-no-yu (the tea ceremony) or Sadô (lit. the way of tea)

White Buffalo Calf Woman appeared from the north as a beautiful young woman dressed in a brilliant white dress to give the tribe the sacred pipe & rituals which form the basis of their religion. She also took the form of a sacred white buffalo calf. When she left the tribe, she told them that she will come back in the future.

White Buffalo Calf Woman appeared from the north as a beautiful young woman dressed in a brilliant white dress to give the tribe the sacred pipe & rituals which form the basis of their religion. She also took the form of a sacred white buffalo calf. When she left the tribe, she told them that she will come back in the future.

Pendet is a traditional dance from Bali, Indonesia, in which offerings are made to purify the temple or theater as a prelude to ceremonies or other dances. Pendet is typically performed by young girls, carrying bowls of flower petals, handfuls of which are cast into the air at various times in the dance. Pendet can be thought of as a dance of greeting, to welcome the audience and invite spirits to enjoy a performance.Pendet is the presentation of an offering in the form of a ritual dance.

Pendet is a traditional dance from Bali, Indonesia, in which offerings are made to purify the temple or theater as a prelude to ceremonies or other dances. Pendet is typically performed by young girls, carrying bowls of flower petals, handfuls of which are cast into the air at various times in the dance. Pendet can be thought of as a dance of greeting, to welcome the audience and invite spirits to enjoy a performance.Pendet is the presentation of an offering in the form of a ritual dance.

Africa |  Sights and Sounds. Bull jumping ceremony.  This conducted by several tribes in the area of the Lower Omo Valley, Ethiopia. It is probably the most important ceremony in a tribal man’s life. Each naked boy taking part undergoes a number of rituals before leaping down the line of bulls jumping from back to back. If the boys succeed, they are men in the eyes of the tribe. If they fall, they are whipped by the women. At the ceremony young female relatives of the boys beg to be whi...

Africa | Sights and Sounds. Bull jumping ceremony. This conducted by several tribes in the area of the Lower Omo Valley, Ethiopia. It is probably the most important ceremony in a tribal man’s life. Each naked boy taking part undergoes a number of rituals before leaping down the line of bulls jumping from back to back. If the boys succeed, they are men in the eyes of the tribe. If they fall, they are whipped by the women. At the ceremony young female relatives of the boys beg to be whi...

Small Krobo Girl, Sitting by Angela Fisher and Carol Beckwith."Dressed in her family's finery, the little girl wears handwoven silk keente cloth and valuable old glass beads to enhance her status at the Outdooring ceremony"(please do not repin without including photographer's credits)

Small Krobo Girl, Sitting by Angela Fisher and Carol Beckwith."Dressed in her family's finery, the little girl wears handwoven silk keente cloth and valuable old glass beads to enhance her status at the Outdooring ceremony"(please do not repin without including photographer's credits)

Japanese tea ceremony by ARO, via Flickr | KIMONO´s and TEA | pinned by http://www.cupkes.com/

Japanese tea ceremony by ARO, via Flickr | KIMONO´s and TEA | pinned by http://www.cupkes.com/

A ten-day long festival usually held towards the end of February, the Angami Naga tribe of the Indian state of Nagaland takes great pride in the celebration of  Sekreyeni Festival or Phousanyi, as it is locally known.  It is an important part of their culture, as it not only reflects a cleansing ritual, as seen in the name which translates to ‘sanctification festival’, but also serves as a coming of age ceremony for the young adults in the community.

A ten-day long festival usually held towards the end of February, the Angami Naga tribe of the Indian state of Nagaland takes great pride in the celebration of Sekreyeni Festival or Phousanyi, as it is locally known. It is an important part of their culture, as it not only reflects a cleansing ritual, as seen in the name which translates to ‘sanctification festival’, but also serves as a coming of age ceremony for the young adults in the community.

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