Men crocodile

Men crocodile

A ritual among Chambri tribe, Papua New Guinea – An initiation to transition from being a boy to a man by piercing the skin leaving scale-like scars.


Un rituel chez les Chambri, Papouasie-Nouvelle-Guinée - Une initiation du passage à l’âge adulte consistant à laisser des cicatrices su la peau de jeunes garçons ressemblant à des écailles de crocodile.

Epagomenal days & the Fear

"It is believed that the Egyptians greatly feared these days due to the prevalence of plague and disease, attributed to the wanderers (SmAjw) and slaughterers (xAtjw) of the goddess, Sekhmet, which were particularly rife at the end of the calendar year. Magical texts, such as the Book of the Last Day of the Year on Papyrus Leiden I 346, were recited in order to pacify the goddess, and rituals were performed, for example, the application of linen bandages inscribed with certain deities to the throat to ward off the effects of plague." (source: egyptianaemporium.wordpress.com)

How ‘secret burials’ in South Africa could help tackle Covid-19′

“A ban on large funerals in South Africa has forced people to give up many traditions, but they have also rediscovered old ones, including "secret burials", as the BBC's Pumza Fihlani reports from Johannesburg. When a family is bereaved, people will travel long distances to attend both the funeral and the days of ritual in the run-up. These include repeatedly visiting the family at home to pay respects and to lend a helping hand with the preparations. Livestock also needs to be slaughtered in order to feed the anticipated guests, the cooking needs to be done, often at close quarters, and in rural areas, the grave needs to be dug, with people sometimes sharing the same pick and shovel. (…) In a bid to find an alternative and safer way to bury relatives, AmaMpondomise King Zwelozuko Matiwane issued a ban on all funeral services in his kingdom with the aim of re-introducing the ancient practice of ukuqhusheka, or secret burial. “When following this custom [of ukuqhusheka] this means people are called on to bury either on the same or the next day and with only those who were present at the time of passing,” he tells the BBC. “By returning to this ancient practice this would mean only immediate family members will able to bury a person. After the burial, the family would still be able to hold an intimate customary cleansing ceremony when they return from the burial site,” explains Mr Ranuga. These ceremonies are done through a ritual offering to cleanse the family of a “dark cloud of death”. They are usually private affairs with only close family present.” (AFP – 2020-08)

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In Niger, Guerewol is a ritual competition among handsome young men from Wodaabee Fula people judged by women. (Fula lg)


Au Niger, Guerewol est une compétition rituelle entre de beaux jeunes hommes de Wodaabee Fula jugés par des femmes.

What is beauty? What is ‘ugliness’? How to define them? Can something even be ugly? What are the criterias for beauty and who made them up? How was the relationship to beauty expressed? How do societies and individuals set standards for it? What place does beauty occupy in human history? How important is it to the digital world? (to be completed)

Qu’est-ce que la beauté ? Qu’est-ce que la laideur ? Comment les définir ? Est-ce que quelque chose peut même être laid ? Quels sont les critères de beauté et qui les a inventés ? Comment s’est exprimée la relation à la beauté ? Comment les sociétés et les individus en fixent-ils les normes ? Quelle place la beauté occupe-t-elle dans l’histoire de l’humanité ? Quelle importance lui accorde le numérique ? (à compléter)

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Every two years, the traditional ritual of the Bamoun Kingdom, named ‘nguon’, is held in the city of Foumban. (Bamoun lg, Bamoun wr)


Tous les deux ans, le rituel traditionnel du Royaume de Bamoun, nommé «nguon», a lieu dans la ville de Foumban.

What does "assembling" mean? How do living things assemble? With what rules - or not? What do human beings place in them in terms of purpose, need, power?? How is the digital world changing the game? What can we expect from the new assemblies in relation to the challenges of our time? ... (to be completed)

Que signifie "s'assembler" ? Comment les êtres vivants s'assembent-ils ? Avec quelles règles - ou non ? Qu'y placent les êtres humains en termes de finalités, de besoin, de pouvoir... ? Comment le numérique change-t-il la donne ? Que peut-on attendre des nouvelles assemblées par rapport aux défis de notre temps ? ... (à compléter)

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