Jesus Malverde the Narcos Saint

In the north-west of Mexico, between the Sierra Madre mountains and the Pacific Ocean, there is the state of Sinaloa is known as the “cradle of drug trafficking.” Its state capital, Culiacan, the capital of the drug across the country. An average of 2-3 drug-related

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The strange cult of cargo ships

The worship of cargo ships, more commonly known as the “cargo cult”, is part of a social and religious movement of the inhabitants of Malanesia, a group of South Pacific islands to the north-west of Australia, which includes Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, Fiji and Vanuatu. The cults of ships and cargo planes began the growing tension between the remote tribal populations, and armies engaged in the war in the Pacific.

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The raft of Thor Heyerdahl

On the 7th of August in the year 1947, tossed by the waves crashing on the rocks, a raft of balsa wood and bamboo hit the reef that protected the quiet lagoon Raroria, a remote island in the Marquesas archipelago, in the middle of ‘Pacific Ocean.

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Siberia: terra di santi di guaritori e di sette segrete

Con i suoi undici milioni di chilometri quadrati la Siberia è uno dei territori più vasti e remoti del pianeta. Per generazioni i russi lo hanno utilizzato come luogo di raccolta per tutti i generi di esuli religiosi e prigionieri. La prima cosa che bisogna pensare a proposito della Siberia, è l’idea di uno spazio vasto e desolato in cui vive pochissima gente. I russi lo hanno sempre visto come uno spazio vuoto che si trovava lì per essere colmato, ma purtroppo non ci riuscirono mai in quanto era troppo vasto! Non c’erano strade adatte per viaggiare per il paese; e questo ha contribuito al senso di isolamento che la comunità russa provava in questo ambiente freddo e ostile.

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Welcome to Christmas island

The first thing you can imagine thinking of Christmas Island, is a place with cold temperatures as Lapland, with expanses of ice and vast uninhabited areas. Characterized by long nights with the bitter cold of the Arctic, populated by very friendly and nice peoples, surrounded by deep forests populated by wild animals.

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Bioluminescent worms armed beetles and zombie ants

I’ve always been fascinated by ethology; but are especially attracted by the extreme behavior that living things develop in order to survive. According to studies by the researchers, the strange behavior of animals can be determined both by their genetic acquired on the basis that the habitat in which they live. However, behaviors that are instinctive or acquired, it is well known that some animals have very strange and unusual behavior. Here I report three examples of behaviors of insects that I was very impressed; one of which. I have been a participant in New Zealand.

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The summers that never arrived

At the beginning of the first century of contemporary age (1800-1816), the planet was characterized by a great political instability. While Europe was slowly recovering from the Napoleonic wars that had been completed only a year earlier, in Latin America the Spanish Independence War made most of the colonies independent of Spain. In Europe after years of desperation and destruction people he expected better times, but the coming summer was rainy and cold, crops did not produce fruits hunger and disease were the consequences.

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The ambiguous ruins of Nan Madol

In a remote area of the Pacific Ocean there is an extraordinary archaeological site almost unknown. His name is Nan Madol and starting from Europe or America takes many hours of flight to reach it. It’s located in Micronesia, on an island called Pohnpei (Ponape), located at over 1,600 miles east of Guam. The island and hundreds of kilometers away from the nearest land, and is surrounded by an insidious barrier reef that separates it from the rest of the world. If you are not familiar with these waters is difficult to reach unharmed.

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Saints and secret societies of Siberia

With its eleven million square kilometers Siberia it is one of the largest territories and remote in the world. For generations, the Russians have used it as a gathering place for all kinds of religious exiles and prisoners. The first thing you have to think about the idea of Siberia is a vast and desolate place where there were very few people. The Russians have always seen it as an empty space that you found them to be filled, but unfortunately we never succeeded because it was too big! There were no roads suitable for traveling to the country; and this has contributed to the sense of isolation that the Russian community in this environment felt very cold and hostile. Siberian religious scene is particularly rooted, as there was minimal overlap of other cultures. Siberian shamanism is therefore considered by the classical scholars, the less contaminated by other cultures.

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Rambo live again in Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea, is the second largest island in the world after Greenland, is the realm of complexity, whose extreme environmental variety is reflected in the fragmentation of peoples, languages, mores and customs as in no other country in the world. It is an ethnic kaleidoscope, a linguistic and cultural mosaic: just over seven million inhabitants between Papua New Guinea and Irian Jaya speak almost a thousand different languages, about a fifth of all those spoken on the planet. Here among prehistoric corners hidden by time and nature, something still survives from the original human being, the one who has to work daily to solve problems related to food and survival. Continue reading “Rambo live again in Papua New Guinea”

Rambo rivive in Papua Nuova Guinea

La Papua Nuova Guinea, è la seconda isola più grande del mondo dopo la Groenlandia, è il regno della complessità, la cui estrema varietà ambientale si riflette nella frammentazione di popoli, di lingue, di costumi e di usanze come in nessun altro paese al mondo. E’ un caleidoscopio etnico, un mosaico linguistico e culturale: poco più di sette milioni di abitanti tra Papua Nuova Guinea e Irian Jaya nel loro insieme parlano quasi mille idiomi differenti, circa un quinto di tutti quelli parlati sul pianeta. Qui tra angoli di preistoria nascosti dal tempo e dalla natura, sopravvive ancora qualcosa dell’essere umano originario, colui che deve quotidianamente adoperarsi per risolvere i problemi relativi al cibo e alla sopravvivenza. Continue reading “Rambo rivive in Papua Nuova Guinea”