Tagged: ritual

The sufi ritual of sticking knives in eyes

The annual Urs Festival sees thousands of followers of the branch of mystic Islam take to the streets to commemorate the founder of Sufi, Moinuddin Chishti. To show devotion to their faith, the holy...

The rise and fall of the Inca empire

It was the western hemisphere’s largest empire ever, with a population of nearly 10 million subjects. Yet within 100 years of its rise in the fifteenth century, the Inca Empire would be no more....

Nábrók

Nábrók (necropants) are a pair of pants made from the skin of a dead man, which are believed in Icelandic witchcraft to be capable of producing an endless supply of money. The ritual was...