Spiritual Landscapes

Sacred head: commemorating the origins of the village, Lamahelan, East Flores

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Sumerian Votive Figurines

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Carved of limestone or gypsum, these pious babies were left along the walls of the temple sanctuary dedicated to the ancient near-eastern god of fertile harvests, Abu. Like human beings, the figurines displayed different forms and features, but they all had two things in common: 1) they were tucked in the the soil of present-day Iraq until U of Chicago wrenched them for their own in 1905, and 2) they’ve been looking up at either dirt or sky since 2900 BCE.

 

Haunted by an intrepid female traveler: The legacy of Isabella Bird

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Maori Tattooing: Symbols and Exploitations

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Field Notes from Flores: Who has the right to document indigenous spirituality?

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