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Michele Cirillo and Emanuela Laurenti...
Yozgat
By Mike
10 Aug 2014

Yozgat (Central Anatolia, Turkey).
The bride getting ready to consecrate the entrance of the house where she will live from that day onwards.

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Michele Cirillo and Emanuela Laurenti...
Yozgat
By Mike
10 Aug 2014

Yozgat (Central Anatolia, Turkey).
The civil marriage between spouses imperatively come first the religious one, then celebrated by the Imam, according to Islamic ritual.

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Michele Cirillo and Emanuela Laurenti...
Yozgat
By Mike
10 Aug 2014

Yozgat (Central Anatolia, Turkey).
It is up to the eldest brother of Sükran ties a red ribbon around her wast, as a fertility omen.
Soon will come the groom, followed by all the relatives and friends, to simulate the bride’s kidnapping.

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Michele Cirillo and Emanuela Laurenti...
Yozgat
By Mike
10 Aug 2014

Yozgat (Central Anatolia, Turkey).
A long procession of friends and relatives, follows and accompanies the bride and groom "on the run" in the high woodlands of Yozgat.
Drums and dances confirm again the week of celebrations.

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Michele Cirillo and Emanuela Laurenti...
Yozgat
By Mike
10 Aug 2014

Yozgat (Central Anatolia, Turkey).
Offers and gifts of friends and family are noted, communicated and then gathered in front of everyone.

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Michele Cirillo and Emanuela Laurenti...
Yozgat
By Mike
09 Aug 2014

Yozgat (Central Anatolia, Turkey).
The Kurdish hospitality ritual is showed definitely with the chai offering, the traditional black tea, served in typical cylindrical cups, which accompanies every moment of their days.

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Michele Cirillo and Emanuela Laurenti...
Yozgat
By Mike
09 Aug 2014

Sükran and Samet just before the start of new celebrations, are leaving the house, accompanied by their witnesses, to meet guests and relatives. All marriage rituals take place within the space of a courtyard, the entrance access road to the house.

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Michele Cirillo and Emanuela Laurenti...
Yozgat
By Mike
09 Aug 2014

Yozgat (Central Anatolia, Turkey).
As well as in the Kurdish tradition, also here great importance is given to dances. Celebrations continue into the night.

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Michele Cirillo and Emanuela Laurenti...
Yozgat
By Mike
08 Aug 2014

Yozgat (Central Anatolia, Turkey).
Leaving the parental home of the bride, relatives, friends and spouses moving in the Turkish city, groom’s country of origin, where they will continue new preparations, ceremonies and celebrations of Turkish tradition.
Usually the bridal's party can last from two days to a week, according to the budget, and is traditionally held in the groom’s house, entirely organized by his family that reveal the bride as a new member.

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Michele Cirillo and Emanuela Laurenti...
Yozgat
By Mike
08 Aug 2014

Yozgat (Central Anatolia, Turkey).
Leaving the parental home of the bride, relatives, friends and spouses moving in the Turkish city, groom’s country of origin, where they will continue new preparations, ceremonies and celebrations of Turkish tradition.
Usually the bridal's party can last from two days to a week, according to the budget, and is traditionally held in the groom’s house, entirely organized by his family that reveal the bride as a new member.

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Michele Cirillo and Emanuela Laurenti...
Doğubayazıt
By Mike
06 Aug 2014

Xarik (Doğubayazıt, Kurdistan).
A baby sleeps in one of the rooms of the house, on the morning after celebrations.
Domestic environments are simple, without furniture. All equipedd with rugs and pillows, the few rooms in the house, beyond the kitchen, are used as dormitory nightlong.

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Michele Cirillo and Emanuela Laurenti...
Doğubayazıt
By Mike
06 Aug 2014

Xarik (Doğubayazıt, Kurdistan).
A baby sleeps in one of the rooms of the house, on the morning after celebrations.
Domestic environments are simple, without furniture. All equipedd with rugs and pillows, the few rooms in the house, beyond the kitchen, are used as dormitory nightlong.

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Michele Cirillo and Emanuela Laurenti...
Doğubayazıt
By Mike
05 Aug 2014

Xarik (Doğubayazıt, Kurdistan).
The universe of Kurdish women in the villages on the mountains is only within the home and family, where traditional society strongly marked the space division by gender.
Their freedom, the opportunity to study as well as to carry out work outside of the household, is severely limited by social customs. Nevertheless, Kurdish women are not binded as in other parts of the Muslim world. In fact, they cover their heads but wearing the veil is not an obligation.

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Michele Cirillo and Emanuela Laurenti...
Doğubayazıt
By Mike
05 Aug 2014

Xarik is a village located outside the town, in the countryside of high altitude surrounding Doğubeyazıt, a dusty frontier town with Iran and Armenia, provincial district of Ağrı (in Eastern Anatolia). And above all, at the feet of Mount Ararat. Here the population is mainly of Kurdish origin.
In the village life runs in a cyclic manner but not ordered. It grows quickly and the only genuine concern seems to pour on the thought of having a family and children.

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Michele Cirillo and Emanuela Laurenti...
Doğubayazıt
By Mike
05 Aug 2014

Xarik (Doğubayazıt, Kurdistan).
Şükran and Samet. 20 years both. After three years of phone only relationship decide to get married. In Xarik, marry a Turkish man is a good omen, it is a liberation from poverty of the village. But according to tradition, to propose in marriage Kurdish girls mostly are Turkish men suffering from physical and mental disabilities or elderly people, nearly always marginalized. In exchange for the hand of his daughter, the bride's father receives, by agreement, a large dowry. For Sükran and Samet wedding no dowry has been agreed.

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Michele Cirillo and Emanuela Laurenti...
Doğubayazıt
By Mike
05 Aug 2014

Xarik (Doğubayazıt, Kurdistan).
The universe of Kurdish women in the villages on the mountains is only within the home and family, where traditional society strongly marked the space division by gender.
Their freedom, the opportunity to study as well as to carry out work outside of the household, is severely limited by social customs. Nevertheless, Kurdish women are not binded as in other parts of the Muslim world. In fact, they cover their heads but wearing the veil is not an obligation.

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Michele Cirillo and Emanuela Laurenti...
Doğubayazıt
By Mike
05 Aug 2014

Xarik (Doğubayazıt, Kurdistan).
While men are out of the house intent on drinking tea and smoking, women gather together in a room to dance. The govend is the most typical Kurdish dance: group dances performed in-line or semicircle by men and women mainly separated.

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Michele Cirillo and Emanuela Laurenti...
Doğubayazıt
By Mike
05 Aug 2014

Xarik (Doğubayazıt, Kurdistan).
During celebrations, friends and relatives, mainly women and children from the village, are still coming.

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Michele Cirillo and Emanuela Laurenti...
Doğubayazıt
By Mike
05 Aug 2014

Xarik (Doğubayazıt, Kurdistan).
While men are out of the house intent on drinking tea and smoking, women gather together in a room to dance. The govend is the most typical Kurdish dance: group dances performed in-line or semicircle by men and women mainly separated.

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Michele Cirillo and Emanuela Laurenti...
Doğubayazıt
By Mike
05 Aug 2014

Xarik (Doğubayazıt, Kurdistan).
During celebrations, friends and relatives, mainly women and children from the village, are still coming.

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Michele Cirillo and Emanuela Laurenti...
Doğubayazıt
By Mike
01 Aug 2014

Xarik (Doğubayazıt, Kurdistan).
Exclusively women, of the family or neighbours of the village, contribute to wedding preparations, such as packaging îmîş, bags filled with roasted chickpeas and dried fruit, offered to the guests as party favors.

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Michele Cirillo and Emanuela Laurenti...
Xarik
By Mike
01 Aug 2014

Xarik (Doğubayazıt, Kurdistan).
Şükran and Samet, in the bride family home, waiting for the arrival of relatives and friends of the village.

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Michele Cirillo and Emanuela Laurenti...
Xarik
By Mike
01 Aug 2014

Xarik (Doğubayazıt, Kurdistan).
Şükran and Samet, in the bride family home, waiting for the arrival of relatives and friends of the village.

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Michele Cirillo and Emanuela Laurenti...
Doğubayazıt
By Mike
01 Aug 2014

Xarik (Doğubayazıt, Kurdistan).
Exclusively women, of the family or neighbours of the village, contribute to wedding preparations, such as packaging îmîş, bags filled with roasted chickpeas and dried fruit, offered to the guests as party favors.

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Ukrainian Protests 16
Ukraine, Lviv
By Maciej Moskwa
04 Dec 2013

A couple during anti-government parade at Plac Svobody.
Lviv, Ukraine.

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Bedouin woman kisses her child
Assir, Israel
By Elo B
24 Jul 2013

Bedouin family threatened of displacement by the Prawer plan stand in their village of Assir in the Negev desert in Israel.The Israeli government is expecting the Knesset to pass a law confiscating over 850,000 dunums in the Negev, uprooting approximately 40 villages which will lead to the displacement of between 30,000 to 40,000 Palestinian Bedouins.

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Ritual Exhumation -Ifugao, Philippine...
Ifugao, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
19 Mar 2013

Bogwa is an ancient ritual in Ifugao, Philippines where natives in Kiangan, Asipulo, Banaue, Lagawe, Hingyon, and Hungduan exhume their death as a form of love and respect to their departed relatives. They feast, celebrate, and offer prayers to the dead for three days.

Although most Ifuagonos have converted to Christianity, they still practice this ritual taboo and incorporate Christian songs and prayers during “Bogwa”.

On the first day of "Bogwa", a Mumbaki (priest) will offer a prayer and a ritual asking the spirits to allow them to open the tomb of the dead.

After opening the tomb, a group of men are now ready to exhume the dead body and clean its 246 bones tediously . The men remove the garments and decaying flesh of the dead with their bare hands.

After cleaning the bones, they bury the decaying flesh near the tomb and sundry the cleaned bones. Next they wrap the skeleton's bones with white cloth and place native Ifugao garments over the white cloth.They will lay the wrapped bones in the favorite area of their beloved where they will pray and sing Christian songs for 3 days.

All people who wish to join the celebration are welcome. The family who is celebrating this unusual day are required to butcher pigs every day to feed all the visitors and on the last day they must also butcher a carabao.

A new coffin is made for the wrapped bones.

Before returning the dead to his tomb, a closing prayer and ritual is done and family members are asked to throw stones inside the tomb and make wishes to the spirits of their departed loved ones.

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Ritual Exhumation -Ifugao, Philippine...
Ifugao, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
19 Mar 2013

Bogwa is an ancient ritual in Ifugao, Philippines where natives in Kiangan, Asipulo, Banaue, Lagawe, Hingyon, and Hungduan exhume their death as a form of love and respect to their departed relatives. They feast, celebrate, and offer prayers to the dead for three days.

Although most Ifuagonos have converted to Christianity, they still practice this ritual taboo and incorporate Christian songs and prayers during “Bogwa”.

On the first day of "Bogwa", a Mumbaki (priest) will offer a prayer and a ritual asking the spirits to allow them to open the tomb of the dead.

After opening the tomb, a group of men are now ready to exhume the dead body and clean its 246 bones tediously . The men remove the garments and decaying flesh of the dead with their bare hands.

After cleaning the bones, they bury the decaying flesh near the tomb and sundry the cleaned bones. Next they wrap the skeleton's bones with white cloth and place native Ifugao garments over the white cloth.They will lay the wrapped bones in the favorite area of their beloved where they will pray and sing Christian songs for 3 days.

All people who wish to join the celebration are welcome. The family who is celebrating this unusual day are required to butcher pigs every day to feed all the visitors and on the last day they must also butcher a carabao.

A new coffin is made for the wrapped bones.

Before returning the dead to his tomb, a closing prayer and ritual is done and family members are asked to throw stones inside the tomb and make wishes to the spirits of their departed loved ones.

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Zaatari Refugee Camp: Love Conquers A...
Mafraq, Jordan
By Melissa Tabeek
29 Oct 2012

Zana, 26 married Abdu, 24, both from Dara’a, Syria, stand inside their new home the day after their wedding on October 29, 2012. Though some like Abdu’s brother opt to wait until they go back to Syria to marry, many have decided to start their lives in Jordan’s Zaatari refugee camp. For Zana, though it was difficult for her to have a small wedding without her family on hand, she said that all that matters is that she found her husband. “I have my love. Love conquers all,” Zana said.

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"Living the Love" - Documentary about...
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
By Gloria Kurnik
08 Feb 2012

In depth portrait of the Hindu Thaipusam festival held annually in Malaysia in January. A unique take on the events through the eyes of a participating couple.
This short documentary is produced in a "personal journey" or "character driven" style.

Synopsis:
Piercing the body out of faith is a custom in most of the oldest religions. Though it may induce fear, doubt and anxiety, it is also associated with a certain sense of mysticism and spirituality. The viewer witnesses here the Thaipusam - the magical Hindu festival where devotees in a state of trance, painlessly carry offerings in the form of heavy burdens and/or have a range of intriguing attachments hooked to their body.

But beyond the images of unbelievable crowds and fanfare, the viewer can also witness the love, trust and devotion merging into an expression of faith through self-sacrifice.

For many, Thaipusam is all about the flourish and the obscure customs. For many tourists, it is the defining evidence of the unique multi-cultural life in Malaysia. For many amateur photographers, it’s one of those places where you capture that ‘one’ unforgettable picture. For some it's a story of love...

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Single Mom in London 14
london, uk
By Lihee Avidan
01 Dec 2007

Linda (8) lives in a dilapidated council flat in South London with her brother Hassan (5) and their mum, Kelly (23). Britain has the highest teenage pregnancy rate in Western Europe - Kelly got pregnant when she turned 15 and left school.