Tag: Folklore

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Mural depicting the local tradition of bird-singing clubs, at Block 71, Seng Poh Road, Tiong Bahru Estate in Singapore, created by Yip Yew Chong.

The Dying Singaporean Tradition of Bird-Singing Clubs

No one is certain when the Singaporean bird-keeping tradition began, but most people will tell that it started in the 1950s with the British Armed Forces’ formation of the Singapore Cage Bird Society. As bird-keeping grew in popularity, travel guidebooks began to feature Singapore’s bird-singing areas, quickly turning them into tourist attractions that piqued the curiosity of visitors from around the globe.

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Jimmy Nelson in Mundari | Nyikabor, Terekeka state | South Sudan | 2016.

Jimmy Nelson’s Most Recent Book Pays “Homage to Humanity”

Iconic British photographer Jimmy Nelson carries on his tradition of capturing brilliant images of the world’s many indigenous cultures through his latest book, “Homage To Humanity.” While his earlier work, “Before They Pass Away,” had a more cynical view of the fate of these cultures, his new book takes us on a journey through a new lens – one of celebration and honor.

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Kazakh eagle hunter

Kazakh Eagle Hunters: Keeping a Centuries-Old Custom Alive

In the far northwest corner of Mongolia, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) across Russian and Chinese mountains from Kazakhstan, there is a community of 87,000 people that still live by the traditions of their ancestors. The Kazakh eagle hunters that inhabit these lands are descendants of Huns, and Turkic, Mongolic and Indo-Iranian indigenous groups who lived in this area.