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Ugandan Airport Expansion Project Cuts Worshippers off From Sacred Ground

Region: Uganda

Topics: Legal RightsReligion

A long-standing tradition ended in 2017, when Uganda’s Civil Aviation Authority fenced off an area where practitioners of ancient religions had made animal sacrifices. In a country where much land is not formally deeded, and ownership disputes are common, a spiritual leader wonders how the airport could claim title to the site, when his clan has been its rightful owner for more than half a millennium.

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Buddhist Therapy Participants in Zimbabwe Find It Brings Strength, Healing

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: HealthReligion

In Zimbabwe, some are turning to Tara Rokpa, a Buddhist form of psychotherapy, to cope with challenges like living with AIDS or raising a disabled child.

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Prayer Rituals Mark the New Moon

Region: Sri Lanka

Topics: Religion

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For An Apostolic Sect in Zimbabwe, Healing and Revenge Go Hand in Hand

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: Religion

From the economic crisis to mental illness, Zimbabweans are seeking help from a variety of apostolic sects, many of which blend Christianity with traditional beliefs. One point of difference between sects is on the appropriateness of seeking revenge.

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Hindu Festival Celebrated in Nepal

Region: Nepal

Topics: Religion

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Nepal’s Shamans Welcome More Women to Their Ranks

Region: Nepal

Topics: CultureReligionTrends

As men leave Nepal in search of other jobs, more women are filling the prestigious religious and professional role of shaman.

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Breaking With Tradition, Zimbabwean Women Perform on the Mbira

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: CultureReligion

Tradition holds that playing the mbira can summon the spirits of dead ancestors - and that women should not play the instrument. But several women in Zimbabwe are redefining the instrument and the music, composing songs with political and social messages.

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In Search for a Permanent Home, Zimbabwe’s Rastafarians Work to Dispel Myths About Their Faith

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: Religion

A community of Rastafarians have made a home for themselves on a hill near Mutare, Zimbabwe. Now they’d like to own the land they’ve been using so they can educate others about their faith and make it a place of pilgrimage for Rastafarians from around the world.

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All-Female Rara Bands: Haitian Women Break Musical Barriers

Region: Haiti

Topics: ArtsCultureReligion

Blending music and Voodoo, rara bands have long been a fixture of Haiti's Carnaval. But now all-female troupes are bringing new looks and new sounds to the formerly male-only tradition.

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Nepalese Girls Take Part in Hindu Festival

Region: Nepal

Topics: Religion

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