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Druze Reincarnation-12
Beirut
By Benas Gerdziunas
31 Jan 2018

Traditional Mashrabiya window coverings at the Druze Council in Beirut, home to its clerical authority. Many agree, that the firm belief in reincarnation - which also changed the opinions of sceptics such as Nibal himself - allowed them to fight without the fear of death, and gave closure to families after sudden loss of close ones.

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Druze Reincarnation-15
Beirut
By Benas Gerdziunas
25 Jan 2018

An elderly Druze man sells newspapers in Aley, Mount Lebanon. According to Gerald Russell, who wrote about the Druze, “Going into battle, the Druze would shout: ‘Who wants to sleep in the mother's womb tonight?’”

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Druze Reincarnation-14
Beirut
By Benas Gerdziunas
25 Jan 2018

Bridge on Beirut-Damascus highway. After a death of a Druze, the saying in the community goes - “May the person be reborn to good parents.”

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Druze Reincarnation-8
Beirut
By Benas Gerdziunas
25 Jan 2018

Bridge on Beirut-Damascus railway, shrouded in the passing clouds. Those children who remember violent deaths in previous lives, usually involve sudden accidents, car crashes and most recently, the war.

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Druze Reincarnation-5
Beirut
By Benas Gerdziunas
25 Jan 2018

Bridge connecting Mount Lebanon with the road to Beeka Valley, yet also forming the north-south dividing line between Druze and Christian strongholds, who fought a brief, but bitter civil war in 1860, and again in the late 20th century. Regardless, both areas retain a mix of religions today.

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Druze Reincarnation-4
Beirut
By Benas Gerdziunas
25 Jan 2018

Clouds over Chouf region, on Mount Lebanon, drifting over cedar trees, the symbol of Lebanon. Chouf was the home to Fakhr-Al-Din, the Druze leader in the early 17th century, who managed to carve out a kingdom in the Ottoman empire stretching as far as Palmyra in present-day Syria.

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Druze Reincarnation-11
Beirut
By Benas Gerdziunas
04 Nov 2017

The Druze have continued tracing their multiple lives across Mount Lebanon, which helped the community become fearful fighters against their enemies. “In this life, I am a supporter of the same political party, same as my parents. Throughout my youth, I wanted to fight for the same ideals, and used to think about the joining the war in neighbouring Syria, but with age, this fighting spirit has decreased,” said Nibal.

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Druze Reincarnation-13
Beirut
By Benas Gerdziunas
04 Nov 2017

Valleys in Mount Lebanon carry an air of beauty and mystique, akin to philosophical studies of the Druze faith, centered on monotheism and individual interpretation. Shadi Khalek, Nibal’s friend, recalls asking his Christian teacher at school: “If we were all sons of God, same as Jesus; I do not remember the answer.”

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Druze Reincarnation-7
Beirut
By Benas Gerdziunas
04 Nov 2017

Nibal Khalek stands in the backdrop of the Druze religious house in his village, Majdal Baana. Nibal accepted the influence of the past life in his current decisions, which in a way, guided his choices in the present life. “Maybe that's why my soul wanted to be reborn in this body, to finish what it started,” he said.

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Druze Reincarnation-6
Beirut
By Benas Gerdziunas
15 Oct 2017

Faint outline of the Druze religious building hugs the outline of the rock face on Mount Lebanon. The religious buildings, the Khalwa, are nondescript, often displaying no more than the five-point star of the Druze faith.

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Druze Reincarnation-10
Beirut
By Benas Gerdziunas
15 Oct 2017

A home in Majdal Baana village. As entire generations live side-by-side, noticing reincarnations in the early years following a child’s birth became a family tradition.

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Druze Reincarnation-3
Beirut
By Benas Gerdziunas
15 Oct 2017

Many children, including Nibal, guided their families to the houses of their previous-life families. Nibal remembered his death in clashes between the Syrian Social Nationalist Party, with whom the Druze allied during the civil war, and Islamists in the Sunni Muslim stronghold in Tripoli, northern Lebanon.

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Druze Reincarnation-1
Beirut
By Benas Gerdziunas
14 Oct 2017

View towards Beirut from Mount Lebanon, the heart of Druze community in Lebanon. The now-defunct Damascus-Beirut railway operated until the civil war broke out in 1975, and opened these mountains to tourists from across the Levant escaping the summer heat. Prior to that, it made an ideal stronghold for its autonomous community, submerged in religious secrecy.

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Druze Reincarnation-2
Beirut
By Benas Gerdziunas
14 Oct 2017

A Druze man plays the flute in their friends hangout, perched on the hill overlooking the valley below. The tight knit community of friends all subscribe to the ideals of Druze faith - or at least, to the little of it that they do know.

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Druze Reincarnation-9
Beirut
By Benas Gerdziunas
14 Oct 2017

Young people from Nibal’s village dance Dabke - the traditional regional dance. All in their late 20s and 30s, no one has ever been shown the ways of Druze faith, without having undertaken the lifelong path of becoming a religious cleric, the sheikh.

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Wake Up Dance in Spain
Deià, Mallorca
By Marisa Candia Cadavid and Carwyn Jones
19 Mar 2016

The best high in the Mediterranean isn’t on Ibiza. It’s in the mountains of Mallorca and it’s called Wake Up Dance. Llewelyn, a DJ who grew tired of the night scene, is transforming the idea of going out from the small Mallorquín village of Deià. Every Saturday morning for a few hours he shares his passion for music for free to all those interested. At this party, there's no room for booze or drugs. Only endorphins.

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Wake Up Dance in Spain (with English ...
Deià, Mallorca
By Marisa Candia Cadavid and Carwyn Jones
19 Mar 2016

The best high in the Mediterranean isn’t on Ibiza. It’s in the mountains of Mallorca and it’s called Wake Up Dance. Llewelyn, a DJ who grew tired of the night scene, is transforming the idea of going out from the small Mallorquín village of Deià. Every Saturday morning for a few hours he shares his passion for music for free to all those interested. At this party, there's no room for booze or drugs. Only endorphins.

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Inside a Polyamorous Community in NYC
New York
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
08 Mar 2016

Michel Madie, a 57 year old native of Algeria who grew up in Corsica, and well known realtor in New York city, has lived in the City since the mid 80's. After being introduced to the Polyamory communities in New York, Michel has become one of the front-man of this expanding trend, by hosting open sexuality parties inside his property while participating at other parties. Polyamory which derives from the Greek word "poly" which means many, and the Latin word "amor", which means love, is a practice of, and desire for intimate relationship involving more than two people with the knowledge and consent of everyone involved. Trust and openess is crucial if one desires to integrate and remain within these Poly communities. The city of New York, has many of the Poly groups and sub groups which are formed according to personal preferences. 

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New York
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
26 Jan 2016

Michel is getting ready for work in his New York home.

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Polyamory NYC 17
New York
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
12 Dec 2015

Michel and Rasmus are getting married at their house.

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New York
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
12 Dec 2015

A female Rabbi is marying Rasmus and Michel inside their home.

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Polyamory NYC 19
New York
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
12 Dec 2015

Michel and Rasmus are now married and celebrating inside their home amongst their guests.

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Polyamory NYC 15
New York
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
31 Oct 2015

Michel and Rasmus are taking part in a Swinger party in Brooklyn.

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New York
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
31 Oct 2015

Michel and Rasmus are taking part in a Swinger party in Brooklyn.

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Polyamory NYC 05
New York
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
27 Oct 2015

Michel is getting ready for an open sexuality party.

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Polyamory NYC 12
New York
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
27 Oct 2015

Michel and Rasmus are hosting an open sexuality party.

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New York
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
27 Oct 2015

Michel and Rasmus are hosting an open sexuality party.

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Polyamory NYC 14
New York
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
27 Oct 2015

Michel and Rasmus are hosting an open sexuality party.

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Polyamory NYC 09
New York
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
09 Oct 2015

Michel and Rasmus are having an intimate moment in their bedroom.

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Polyamory NYC 11
New York
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
09 Oct 2015

Rasmus and Michel are pleasuring a woman inside their shower.

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Polyamory NYC 08
New York
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
09 Oct 2015

Michel and Rasmus are hosting a few lovers at their house after a party.

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Polyamory NYC 10
New York
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
09 Oct 2015

Michel and Rasmus are hosting a few lovers at their house after a party.

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Polyamory NYC 06
New York
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
24 Sep 2015

Michel and his lover Rasmus are getting ready for a party.

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Polyamory NYC 04
New York
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
20 Sep 2015

Michel is performing a dance for his guests inside his home.

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Polyamory NYC 03
New York
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
20 Sep 2015

Michel and Rasmus are getting close with one of their lovers.

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Polyamory NYC 01
New York
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
19 Sep 2015

Michel is kissing the back of Rasmus's neck at a diner with two fellow Polyamorous ladies.

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Polyamory NYC 02
New York
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
19 Sep 2015

Rasmus and Michel are wooing a woman during an open sexuality diner at his house.

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Polyamory NYC 07
New York
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
18 Sep 2015

Rasmus is kissing the host of a kissing party in Brooklyn.

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Cuba's Last Jews 29
Havana, Cuba
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
02 Sep 2015

September 3rd, 2015, La Habana, Cuba. Before the 1959 revolution in Cuba, there was about 15 thousand Jews living within the country's borders. Today, a mere 1500 are left. Most Jews in Cuba were business people thriving due to the adequate business environment within the country. With the arrival of Fidel Castro and his Communist ideas, many of these Jews lost their bunsiness and moved to the US, mostly in Miami. Though never persecuted, but rather well treated by the regime, most prefered to leave to prosper economically somehwere else. There are three main Jewish/Synagogues within Habana which are quite active in keeping the renmants of the community together, with the help of money coming from Jewish organizations in the US and Isreal. (Jonathan Alpeyrie/Transterra Media)

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Cuba's Last Jews 30
Havana, Cuba
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
02 Sep 2015

September 3rd, 2015, La Habana, Cuba. Before the 1959 revolution in Cuba, there was about 15 thousand Jews living within the country's borders. Today, a mere 1500 are left. Most Jews in Cuba were business people thriving due to the adequate business environment within the country. With the arrival of Fidel Castro and his Communist ideas, many of these Jews lost their bunsiness and moved to the US, mostly in Miami. Though never persecuted, but rather well treated by the regime, most prefered to leave to prosper economically somehwere else. There are three main Jewish/Synagogues within Habana which are quite active in keeping the renmants of the community together, with the help of money coming from Jewish organizations in the US and Isreal. (Jonathan Alpeyrie/Transterra Media)