Monthly Archives: July 2014

Wine, liquid lunch and shamanic tribal date

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Wine, liquid lunch and shamanic tribal date

One among a series on the beautiful tribal hinterlands in Eastern India by Maverickbird. The breathtaking photographs and descriptions of her experiences brought the peoples and the places alive for me. Do read the other pieces in the series on her blog, if you can. It’s enlightening.

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svetlana baghawan maverickbirdThe Dunguriya village was tucked away in the heart of Niyamgiri hills and clusters of huts clung to its gentle slopes. Clean, swept dirt alleys lead inside the village and a mini procession of curious villagers followed us. The houses were made of mud, brightly painted with thatch or tin roofs, and were spotlessly clean. Several roofs held reed trays of wild ginger set out to dry, huge mud plastered reed containers held rice inside the rooms and reed baby baskets swung inside the little verandahs. Electricity had reached that village and several homes proudly displayed obtrusive dish TV antennas and shiny motorbikes. Women came out with babies straddled on their hips to smile and wave and they were bejeweled and made up as if going to a party.

Dunguriya women were exceptionally pretty with bold dark eyes, vivacious smiles and elaborate style of dressing. Beaded coral necklaces fell in loops and hollow aluminium…

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Gorgon’s gaze

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basilica cistern gorgon medusa

What: Medusa’s head supporting a pillar in the Basilica Cistern
Where: Istanbul, Turkey
When: June 2014

Photo credit: Steshia M
Camera: HTC One (phone)

Traveller’s tale: Medusa is the Gorgon from Greek mythology who is depicted as having the face of a hideous woman with live venomous snakes in place of hair. Their origin here is unknown, though it’s speculated that they were brought here after being removed from a Roman building. Tradition has it that the blocks are oriented sideways in order to negate the power of the Gorgon’s gaze.