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Durga Puja: Just Like Thanksgiving, Except with Goat Sacrifices

See that scary ten-armed lady there?  The one wielding a spear, a serpent, and a pet lion, using them all simultaneously to maul an evil buffalo and dismember and perforate that pair of dark-skinned demons?  That’s DURGA, the goddess of … Continue reading

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You Have Been Invited to: Buddha’s Birthday Party (as practiced in Pyay)

Alternate title: Stranger in an Even Stranger Land. How to celebrate the birth and life of he who taught the virtues of nonattachment, meditation, and mindfulness, who preached that the end to suffering lay in the visceral understanding of the … Continue reading

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