It’s technically a labret. But like, the queen of labrets. The practice was once much more widespread in Africa, with some reports from the 1800s saying men and women of different tribes wore great lip plates in their lower (and sometimes upper) lips. Today, the Mursi are most famous for keeping up this tradition (Along […]
With Ryoichi Keroppy Maeda I keep digging. What do people’s parents think about this? Their grandparents? “I know an interesting story about it,” he says. “You know, we had a poison gas terror attack by a Buddhist cult group in Tokyo in 1995.” Aum Shinrikyo, the cult group Maeda is talking about, used sarin gas […]
With Ryoichi Keroppy Maeda A few months ago, I had the opportunity to interview Ryoichi Keroppy Maeda, a Japanese journalist who is probably best known in the US for popularizing the Bagel Head* phenomenon. But Maeda, a 49 year old graduate of Chiba University, is a lot more than the Bagel Head Guy. He’s […]
There’s a legend among the Tlingit that starts by saying, “No one knows where the story of Raven begins, so everyone starts from where they know and goes on from there.” According to the story, Raven was a god-like figure with an abalone shell labret and he, (or sometimes she) made the world. Not the […]
It’s as difficult to get a handle on the current state of the Padaung Karenni people as it is to get an idea of what’s actually going on in their country, Burma, aka Myanmar. These are people who have been known over the years as perhaps being part of the “Karen Rebels”, fighting in uprisings, […]
First, we should tackle the big question: Who are the Maasai? The Maasai are theoretically nomadic people, divided into sixteen groups living in Kenya and Tanzania. I say theoretically because the nomadic lifestyle that they have maintained since forever has dwindled in recent decades because of modern influences. You could say there are between one […]
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