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Angels in the desert: The secret of David Gareja monastery

Angels in the desert: The secret of David Gareja monastery

At the end of the world, you’ll find angels. They hide behind boulders, they wait inside caves, and they peer out from the rock. Far outside the cities, out in the depths of a wilderness of red and blue stone, far isolated from the noise …read more

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Folk religion in Burma: Nat worship at Mount Popa

Folk religion in Burma: Nat worship at Mount Popa

Sometimes, Burma feels completely unique. The presence of traditional dress, for one thing: both men and women still wearing longyi, like tight sarongs, in place of jeans or skirts. Swirls of yellow thanaka, a type of sunscreen from tree bark, in patterns on cheeks and …read more

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A jewel in the city: Santa Catalina Monastery, Arequipa

A jewel in the city: Santa Catalina Monastery, Arequipa

I can be a real cheapskate sometimes. So when my travel buddy and I were in Arequipa, Peru, and she asked if I wanted to check out the Santa Catalina Monastery, I initially took a look at the entrance fee and scoffed. 35 soles (12$) …read more

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