The Inca: Church, State, and the Arc of History in the Realm of the Four Parts

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July 23, 2016: An Offering for Tio

Inside the mines of Potosi, it is hot and the air is thick with silica and other particulate that will leave you with a nasty set of respiratory disorders if you stay here a few years. I’m just visiting to the morning, but it is telling that the guys who work here seem to be firmly between the ages of 18 and 35 or so. You don’t get old doing this job. Continue reading “July 23, 2016: An Offering for Tio”

July 15, 2016: The Lake at the Top of the World

I spent last night on the floor of Lima’s Jorge Chavez International Airport.  Now that Jasmine has gone home, I’ve pretty much given up on all of those silly frills and perks that girls like, like beds or showers.   Continue reading “July 15, 2016: The Lake at the Top of the World”

July 12-14, 2016: Life on the River

I’ve dreamed about seeing the Amazon since I was a boy.  In the early 90s, I remember there being a great deal of talk about how quickly it was disappearing, and I remember an abiding fear that it would be gone someday soon.  Let alone, that I might ever travel there myself – it seemed so inaccessible, that the best I could hope for was to read about it in books.  Travel was something that other people did. Continue reading “July 12-14, 2016: Life on the River”

July 6-9, 2016: The Long Hard Road to Machu Picchu

The thing to do for anyone with any credibility – if you are a tourist in Peru, anyway – is to hike to Machu Picchu. Continue reading “July 6-9, 2016: The Long Hard Road to Machu Picchu”

Pungsu, the Art of Korean Geomancy

How does a society explain good and evil? How does it find balance and harmony with its surroundings? Is your society in harmony with nature?
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Foot Binding and the Standard of Beauty

What is beauty? Is it universal, or specific to one’s culture? What effect do concepts of beauty have on the behavior and self-image of everyday people?
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Adapted in part from open sources.

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