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Pear River Re
By Phil Behan
04 Nov 2014

An entrance to a wedding party in Guangzhou City. Guangdong Province. China.

Thousands of dollars is spent by couples on putting on a lavish after party or wedding dinner . The more opulent the better, with no expense being spared. Couples can often recuperate the money spent on the dinner as guests are expected to give the couple a red envelope with some cash or gifts. A typical Chinese wedding can cost a couple upwards of 100,000 RMB ($16,000), depending on the extravagance or wealth of the families. It is customary that the groom's party should foot the wedding bill, but in modern China this custom has become dependent on whether the bride's party are interested in halving the costs. Over the past 20 years, the amount of cash that can now be allocated to couples on their wedding day has risen at an extraordinary level. 20 years ago an average Chinese wedding may have only cost around 10,000 RMB ($1,600).

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Pear River Re
By Phil Behan
04 Nov 2014

Weiyan Lan and her grandson Shen Jiliang watch the departure of the a wedding party in Dongsheng Town. Zhongshan City, Guangdong Province, China

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"rakher upobas'' prayer 02
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By zakir hossain chowdhury
03 Nov 2014

At the Shri Shri Lokenath Brahmachari Ashram near Dhaka, members of BangladeshÕs Hindu community come together to celebrate the ÒRakher UpobasÓ prayer to the god Lokenath Brahmachari, who is said to embody love in the Hindu tradition. They light lamps and candles and bring offerings of fruit, sweets, nuts and cowÕs milk, praying to Baba Lokenath to save their family and dear ones from curses and disease.

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Dhaka, Bangladesh
By zakir hossain chowdhury
03 Nov 2014

At the Shri Shri Lokenath Brahmachari Ashram near Dhaka, members of BangladeshÕs Hindu community come together to celebrate the ÒRakher UpobasÓ prayer to the god Lokenath Brahmachari, who is said to embody love in the Hindu tradition. They observe a strict fast and remain sitting absorbed in prayer until the flames burn-out.

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Dhaka, Bangladesh
By zakir hossain chowdhury
03 Nov 2014

At the Shri Shri Lokenath Brahmachari Ashram near Dhaka, members of BangladeshÕs Hindu community come together to celebrate the ÒRakher UpobasÓ prayer to the god Lokenath Brahmachari, who is said to embody love in the Hindu tradition. They observe a strict fast and remain sitting absorbed in prayer until the flames burn-out.

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Dhaka, Bangladesh
By zakir hossain chowdhury
03 Nov 2014

At the Shri Shri Lokenath Brahmachari Ashram near Dhaka, members of BangladeshÕs Hindu community come together to celebrate the ÒRakher UpobasÓ prayer to the god Lokenath Brahmachari, who is said to embody love in the Hindu tradition. They observe a strict fast and remain sitting absorbed in prayer until the flames burn-out.

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Dhaka, Bangladesh
By zakir hossain chowdhury
03 Nov 2014

At the Shri Shri Lokenath Brahmachari Ashram near Dhaka, members of BangladeshÕs Hindu community come together to celebrate the ÒRakher UpobasÓ prayer to the god Lokenath Brahmachari, who is said to embody love in the Hindu tradition. They observe a strict fast and remain sitting absorbed in prayer until the flames burn-out.

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Dhaka, Bangladesh
By zakir hossain chowdhury
03 Nov 2014

At the Shri Shri Lokenath Brahmachari Ashram near Dhaka, members of BangladeshÕs Hindu community come together to celebrate the ÒRakher UpobasÓ prayer to the god Lokenath Brahmachari, who is said to embody love in the Hindu tradition. They observe a strict fast and remain sitting absorbed in prayer until the flames burn-out.

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Dhaka, Bangladesh
By zakir hossain chowdhury
03 Nov 2014

At the Shri Shri Lokenath Brahmachari Ashram near Dhaka, members of BangladeshÕs Hindu community come together to celebrate the ÒRakher UpobasÓ prayer to the god Lokenath Brahmachari, who is said to embody love in the Hindu tradition. They observe a strict fast and remain sitting absorbed in prayer until the flames burn-out.

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Dhaka, Bangladesh
By zakir hossain chowdhury
03 Nov 2014

At the Shri Shri Lokenath Brahmachari Ashram near Dhaka, members of BangladeshÕs Hindu community come together to celebrate the ÒRakher UpobasÓ prayer to the god Lokenath Brahmachari, who is said to embody love in the Hindu tradition. They observe a strict fast and remain sitting absorbed in prayer until the flames burn-out.

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Dhaka, Bangladesh
By zakir hossain chowdhury
03 Nov 2014

At the Shri Shri Lokenath Brahmachari Ashram near Dhaka, members of BangladeshÕs Hindu community come together to celebrate the ÒRakher UpobasÓ prayer to the god Lokenath Brahmachari, who is said to embody love in the Hindu tradition. They observe a strict fast and remain sitting absorbed in prayer until the flames burn-out.

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Dhaka, Bangladesh
By zakir hossain chowdhury
03 Nov 2014

At the Shri Shri Lokenath Brahmachari Ashram near Dhaka, members of BangladeshÕs Hindu community come together to celebrate the ÒRakher UpobasÓ prayer to the god Lokenath Brahmachari, who is said to embody love in the Hindu tradition. They observe a strict fast and remain sitting absorbed in prayer until the flames burn-out.

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Dhaka, Bangladesh
By zakir hossain chowdhury
03 Nov 2014

At the Shri Shri Lokenath Brahmachari Ashram near Dhaka, members of BangladeshÕs Hindu community come together to celebrate the ÒRakher UpobasÓ prayer to the god Lokenath Brahmachari, who is said to embody love in the Hindu tradition. They observe a strict fast and remain sitting absorbed in prayer until the flames burn-out.

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Dhaka, Bangladesh
By zakir hossain chowdhury
03 Nov 2014

At the Shri Shri Lokenath Brahmachari Ashram near Dhaka, members of BangladeshÕs Hindu community come together to celebrate the ÒRakher UpobasÓ prayer to the god Lokenath Brahmachari, who is said to embody love in the Hindu tradition. They light lamps and candles and bring offerings of fruit, sweets, nuts and cowÕs milk, praying to Baba Lokenath to save their family and dear ones from curses and disease.

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Dhaka, Bangladesh
By zakir hossain chowdhury
03 Nov 2014

At the Shri Shri Lokenath Brahmachari Ashram near Dhaka, members of BangladeshÕs Hindu community come together to celebrate the ÒRakher UpobasÓ prayer to the god Lokenath Brahmachari, who is said to embody love in the Hindu tradition. They observe a strict fast and remain sitting absorbed in prayer until the flames burn-out.

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Dhaka, Bangladesh
By zakir hossain chowdhury
03 Nov 2014

At the Shri Shri Lokenath Brahmachari Ashram near Dhaka, members of BangladeshÕs Hindu community come together to celebrate the ÒRakher UpobasÓ prayer to the god Lokenath Brahmachari, who is said to embody love in the Hindu tradition. They observe a strict fast and remain sitting absorbed in prayer until the flames burn-out.

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Dhaka, Bangladesh
By zakir hossain chowdhury
03 Nov 2014

At the Shri Shri Lokenath Brahmachari Ashram near Dhaka, members of BangladeshÕs Hindu community come together to celebrate the ÒRakher UpobasÓ prayer to the god Lokenath Brahmachari, who is said to embody love in the Hindu tradition. They observe a strict fast and remain sitting absorbed in prayer until the flames burn-out.

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Dhaka, Bangladesh
By zakir hossain chowdhury
03 Nov 2014

At the Shri Shri Lokenath Brahmachari Ashram near Dhaka, members of BangladeshÕs Hindu community come together to celebrate the ÒRakher UpobasÓ prayer to the god Lokenath Brahmachari, who is said to embody love in the Hindu tradition. They observe a strict fast and remain sitting absorbed in prayer until the flames burn-out.

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Dhaka, Bangladesh
By zakir hossain chowdhury
03 Nov 2014

At the Shri Shri Lokenath Brahmachari Ashram near Dhaka, members of BangladeshÕs Hindu community come together to celebrate the ÒRakher UpobasÓ prayer to the god Lokenath Brahmachari, who is said to embody love in the Hindu tradition. They observe a strict fast and remain sitting absorbed in prayer until the flames burn-out.

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Dhaka, Bangladesh
By zakir hossain chowdhury
03 Nov 2014

At the Shri Shri Lokenath Brahmachari Ashram near Dhaka, members of BangladeshÕs Hindu community come together to celebrate the ÒRakher UpobasÓ prayer to the god Lokenath Brahmachari, who is said to embody love in the Hindu tradition. They light lamps and candles and bring offerings of fruit, sweets, nuts and cowÕs milk, praying to Baba Lokenath to save their family and dear ones from curses and disease.

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Dhaka, Bangladesh
By zakir hossain chowdhury
03 Nov 2014

At the Shri Shri Lokenath Brahmachari Ashram near Dhaka, members of BangladeshÕs Hindu community come together to celebrate the ÒRakher UpobasÓ prayer to the god Lokenath Brahmachari, who is said to embody love in the Hindu tradition. They light lamps and candles and bring offerings of fruit, sweets, nuts and cowÕs milk, praying to Baba Lokenath to save their family and dear ones from curses and disease.

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Dhaka, Bangladesh
By zakir hossain chowdhury
03 Nov 2014

At the Shri Shri Lokenath Brahmachari Ashram near Dhaka, members of BangladeshÕs Hindu community come together to celebrate the ÒRakher UpobasÓ prayer to the god Lokenath Brahmachari, who is said to embody love in the Hindu tradition. They light lamps and candles and bring offerings of fruit, sweets, nuts and cowÕs milk, praying to Baba Lokenath to save their family and dear ones from curses and disease.

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Brooklyn, New York
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
10 Oct 2014

October 10, 2014
Brooklyn, New York, USA.

Attendees deep in meditation as they listen to Katelan Foisy’s story of the carnival funhouse.

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Brooklyn, New York
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
09 Oct 2014

October 10, 2014
Brooklyn, New York, USA.

Katelan Foisy, painter, tarot reader, witch, and co-creator of the Witches’ Compass, helping attendees to untangle ropes that have been ritually tied to together to symbolize the bonds we need to break.

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Brooklyn, New York
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
09 Oct 2014

October 10, 2014
Brooklyn, New York, USA.

Local witches and believers are waiting to take part in their annual ceremony inside a local store. The Witches Compass is an interactive ritual environment and celebration. Participants are guided along 'the crooked path' of sorcery, to work both the mysteries of the Waxing of the Waning Moons. Each round of the Witches Compass is a unique event inspired by the balance of the elements and the flux of the lunar tide. Katelan V. Foisy is a witch but also an artist, writer, and Tarot reader who has created her own form of energy-healing based on Native American Techniques and applies them in her everyday life.

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Brooklyn, New York
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
09 Oct 2014

October 10, 2014
Brooklyn, New York, USA.

The Witches Compass is an interactive ritual environment and celebration. Participants are guided along 'the crooked path' of sorcery, to work both the mysteries of the Waxing of the Waning Moons. Each round of the Witches Compass is a unique event inspired by the balance of the elements and the flux of the lunar tide. Katelan V. Foisy is a witch but also an artist, writer, and Tarot reader who has created her own form of energy healing based on Native American Techniques and applies them in her everyday life.

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Brooklyn, New York
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
09 Oct 2014

October 10, 2014
Brooklyn, New York, USA.

Local witches and believers are waiting to take part in their annual ceremony inside a local store. The Witches Compass is an interactive ritual environment and celebration. Participants are guided along 'the crooked path' of sorcery, to work both the mysteries of the Waxing of the Waning Moons. Each round of the Witches Compass is a unique event inspired by the balance of the elements and the flux of the lunar tide. Katelan V. Foisy is a witch but also an artist, writer, and Tarot reader who has created her own form of energy-healing based on Native American Techniques and applies them in her everyday life.

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Brooklyn, New York
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
09 Oct 2014

October 10, 2014
Brooklyn, New York, USA.

Local witches and believers are waiting to take part in their annual ceremony inside a local store. The Witches Compass is an interactive ritual environment and celebration. Participants are guided along 'the crooked path' of sorcery, to work both the mysteries of the Waxing of the Waning Moons. Each round of the Witches Compass is a unique event inspired by the balance of the elements and the flux of the lunar tide. Katelan V. Foisy is a witch but also an artist, writer, and Tarot reader who has created her own form of energy-healing based on Native American Techniques and applies them in her everyday life.

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Brooklyn, New York
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
09 Oct 2014

October 10, 2014
Brooklyn, New York, USA.

Local witches and believers are waiting to take part in their annual ceremony inside a local store. The Witches Compass is an interactive ritual environment and celebration. Participants are guided along 'the crooked path' of sorcery, to work both the mysteries of the Waxing of the Waning Moons. Each round of the Witches Compass is a unique event inspired by the balance of the elements and the flux of the lunar tide. Katelan V. Foisy is a witch but also an artist, writer, and Tarot reader who has created her own form of energy-healing based on Native American Techniques and applies them in her everyday life.

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Brooklyn, New York
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
09 Oct 2014

October 10, 2014
Brooklyn, New York, USA.

Local witches and believers are waiting to take part in their annual ceremony inside a local store. The Witches Compass is an interactive ritual environment and celebration. Participants are guided along 'the crooked path' of sorcery, to work both the mysteries of the Waxing of the Waning Moons. Each round of the Witches Compass is a unique event inspired by the balance of the elements and the flux of the lunar tide. Katelan V. Foisy is a witch but also an artist, writer, and Tarot reader who has created her own form of energy-healing based on Native American Techniques and applies them in her everyday life.

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Brooklyn, New York
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
09 Oct 2014

October 10, 2014
Brooklyn, New York, USA.

Local witches and believers are waiting to take part in their annual ceremony inside a local store. The Witches Compass is an interactive ritual environment and celebration. Participants are guided along 'the crooked path' of sorcery, to work both the mysteries of the Waxing of the Waning Moons. Each round of the Witches Compass is a unique event inspired by the balance of the elements and the flux of the lunar tide. Katelan V. Foisy is a witch but also an artist, writer, and Tarot reader who has created her own form of energy-healing based on Native American Techniques and applies them in her everyday life.

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Brooklyn, New York
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
09 Oct 2014

October 10, 2014
Brooklyn, New York, USA.

Local witches and believers are waiting to take part in their annual ceremony inside a local store. The Witches Compass is an interactive ritual environment and celebration. Participants are guided along 'the crooked path' of sorcery, to work both the mysteries of the Waxing of the Waning Moons. Each round of the Witches Compass is a unique event inspired by the balance of the elements and the flux of the lunar tide. Katelan V. Foisy is a witch but also an artist, writer, and Tarot reader who has created her own form of energy-healing based on Native American Techniques and applies them in her everyday life.

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Brooklyn, New York
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
09 Oct 2014

October 10, 2014
Brooklyn, New York, USA.

Local witches and believers are waiting to take part in their annual ceremony inside a local store. The Witches Compass is an interactive ritual environment and celebration. Participants are guided along 'the crooked path' of sorcery, to work both the mysteries of the Waxing of the Waning Moons. Each round of the Witches Compass is a unique event inspired by the balance of the elements and the flux of the lunar tide. Katelan V. Foisy is a witch but also an artist, writer, and Tarot reader who has created her own form of energy-healing based on Native American Techniques and applies them in her everyday life.

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Brooklyn, New York
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
09 Oct 2014

October 10, 2014, Brooklyn, New York, USA. Local witches and believers are waiting to take part in the yearly ceremony inside a local store. The Witches Compass is an interactive ritual environment and celebration. Participants are guided along 'the crooked path' of sorcery, to work both the mysteries of the Waxing of the Waning Moons. Each round of the Witches Compass is a unique event inspired by the balance of the elements and the flux of the lunar tide. Katelan V. Foisy is a witch but also an artist, writer, and Tarot reader who has created her own form of energy healing based on Native American Techniques and applied them in her everyday life practices.

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Brooklyn, New York
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
09 Oct 2014

October 10, 2014
Brooklyn, New York, USA.

Detail from Katelan Foisy’s altar.

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Brooklyn, New York
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
09 Oct 2014

October 10, 2014
Brooklyn, New York, USA.

Local witches and believers are waiting to take part in their annual ceremony inside a local store. The Witches Compass is an interactive ritual environment and celebration. Participants are guided along 'the crooked path' of sorcery, to work both the mysteries of the Waxing of the Waning Moons. Each round of the Witches Compass is a unique event inspired by the balance of the elements and the flux of the lunar tide. Katelan V. Foisy is a witch but also an artist, writer, and Tarot reader who has created her own form of energy-healing based on Native American Techniques and applies them in her everyday life.

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Brooklyn, New York
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
09 Oct 2014

October 10, 2014
Brooklyn, New York, USA.

Damon Stang, co-creator of the Witches’ Compass, praises the four elements as the Hunter’s Moon ritual begins on October 10th at Catland, in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

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Brooklyn, New York
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
09 Oct 2014

October 10, 2014
Brooklyn, New York, USA.

Local witches and believers are waiting to take part in their annual ceremony inside a local store. The Witches Compass is an interactive ritual environment and celebration. Participants are guided along 'the crooked path' of sorcery, to work both the mysteries of the Waxing of the Waning Moons. Each round of the Witches Compass is a unique event inspired by the balance of the elements and the flux of the lunar tide. Katelan V. Foisy is a witch but also an artist, writer, and Tarot reader who has created her own form of energy-healing based on Native American Techniques and applies them in her everyday life.

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Brooklyn, New York
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
09 Oct 2014

October 10, 2014
Brooklyn, New York, USA.

Katelan Foisy preparing a ritual candle with oils and herbs.

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Brooklyn, New York
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
09 Oct 2014

October 10, 2014
Brooklyn, New York, USA.

Katelan Foisy at her home in Astoria, Queens, New York, next to her altar.