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Female Monks in Thailand 20
Nakhon Pathom, Thailand
By Biel Calderon
01 May 2013

Two Bhikkhunis (female buddhist monk) on their way to their dorms at Wat Songkdhammakalayani, the first temple gathering fully ordained nuns in Thailand since 1960.

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Female Monks in Thailand 19
Nakhon Pathom, Thailand
By Biel Calderon
01 May 2013

New Samaneris (buddhist novice nun) receive lecture after being ordained from Ven. Dhammananda Bhikkhuni, the first Thai woman being fully ordained as a Theravada nun, hold at Wat Songkdhammakalayani, the first temple gathering fully ordained nuns in Thailand since 1960.

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Female Monks in Thailand 18
Nakhon Pathom, Thailand
By Biel Calderon
01 May 2013

Two new Samaneris (buddhist novice nun), under supervision of a buddhist nun (left) receive lecture at Wat Songkdhammakalayani, the first temple gathering fully ordained nuns in Thailand since 1960.

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Female Monks in Thailand 17
Nakhon Pathom, Thailand
By Biel Calderon
01 May 2013

Picture of Voramai Kabilsingh, Ven. Dhammananda Bhikkhuni's mother. Voramai was the first Thai woman to be fully ordained as a bhikkhuni in the Mahayana tradition. This lineage differs from Theravada doctrine, practiced in Thailand.

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Female Monks in Thailand 16
Nakhon Pathom, Thailand
By Biel Calderon
01 May 2013

A Bhikkhuni (female buddhist monk) observes two new Samaneris (buddhist novice nun), at Wat Songkdhammakalayani, the first temple gathering fully ordained nuns in Thailand since 1960.

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Female Monks in Thailand 15
Nakhon Pathom, Thailand
By Biel Calderon
01 May 2013

Two new Samaneris (Buddhist novice nun) enter a lecturing room at Wat Songkdhammakalayani, the first temple gathering fully ordained nuns in Thailand since 1960. Nakhon Pathom, Thailand. May 2013.

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Female Monks in Thailand 14
Nakhon Pathom, Thailand
By Biel Calderon
01 May 2013

New Samaneris (Buddhist novice nun) learn head massage techniques during their ordination training at Wat Songkdhammakalayani, the first temple gathering fully ordained nuns in Thailand since 1960, in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand. May 2013.

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Female Monks in Thailand 11
Nakhon Pathom, Thailand
By Biel Calderon
01 May 2013

New Samaneris (buddhist novice nun) during a community work session at Wat Songkdhammakalayani, the first temple gathering fully ordained nuns in Thailand since 1960. This kind of activity aims to place every nun at the same level, regardless of their prior education or training. Nakhon Pathom, Thailand. May 2013.

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Female Monks in Thailand 10
Nakhon Pathom, Thailand
By Biel Calderon
01 May 2013

One Samaneri (Buddhist novice nun) and one Bhikkhuni (female Buddhist monk) during the Almsround (food begging) near Wat Songkdhammakalayani, the first temple gathering fully ordained nuns in Thailand since 1960, in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand. May 2013.

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Female Monks in Thailand 9
Nakhon Pathom, Thailand
By Biel Calderon
01 May 2013

One Samaneri (Buddhist novice nun) during the Almsround (food begging) near Wat Songkdhammakalayani, the first temple gathering fully ordained nuns in Thailand since 1960. People from communities around the monastery feed the Bhikkhunis (female Buddhist monk) in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand. May 2013.

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Female Monks in Thailand 8
Nakhon Pathom, Thailand
By Biel Calderon
01 May 2013

One Samaneri (Buddhist novice nun) and two volunteers gather food during the Almsround (food begging) near Wat Songkdhammakalayani, the first temple gathering fully ordained nuns in Thailand since 1960. People from communities around the monastery feed the Bhikkhunis (female Buddhist monk) in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand. May 2013.

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Female Monks in Thailand 7
Nakhon Pathom, Thailand
By Biel Calderon
01 May 2013

New Samaneris (Buddhist novice nun) during the Almsround (food begging) near Wat Songkdhammakalayani, the first temple gathering fully ordained nuns in Thailand since 1960. People from communities around the monastery feed the Bhikkhunis (female Buddhist monk) in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand. May 2013.

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Female Monks in Thailand 6
Nakhon Pathom, Thailand
By Biel Calderon
01 May 2013

New Samaneris (Buddhist novice nun) during the Almsround (food begging) near Wat Songkdhammakalayani, the first temple gathering fully ordained nuns in Thailand since 1960. People from communities around the monastery feed the Bhikkhunis (female Buddhist monk) in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand. May 2013.

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Buddhist Women Face Fight Over Right ...
Nakhon Pathom, Thailand
By Mais Istanbuli
01 May 2013

The first all-female temple is squaring off against a traditional ban that restricts women from their to be ordained as monks in Thailand.

Women in Thailand cannot be ordained buddhist monks. However, Chatsumarn Kabilsingh, 68, is determined to reverse this tradition. In 2000, she left her life as professor in a renowned Thai university and traveled to Taiwan to receive the bodhisattva's precept. Three years later, she was ordained a full bhikkhuni, the word for female Buddhist monks, in Sri Lanka and came back to her home country to campaign to improve the position of Thai women in religion. Known as Dhammananda Bhikkhuni, she now lives at the Songdhammakalyani Monastery, the first female temple in Thailand, located in Nakhon Pathom, near Bangkok, where she ordains new novices despite of the official ban.

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Female Monks in Thailand
Nakhon Pathom, Thailand
By Mais Istanbuli
01 May 2013

Women in Thailand cannot be ordained Buddhist monks. However, Chatsumarn Kabilsingh, 68, is determined to reverse this tradition. In 2000, she left her life as a professor in a renowned Thai university and traveled to Taiwan to receive the bodhisattva's precept. Three years later, she was ordained a full bhikkhuni, the word for female Buddhist monks, in Sri Lanka and came back to her home country to campaign to improve the position of Thai women in religion. Known as Dhammananda Bhikkhuni, she now lives at the Songdhammakalyani Monastery, the first female temple in Thailand, located in Nakhon Pathom, near Bangkok, where she ordains new novices despite the official ban.

More photos can be viewed here: http://transterramedia.com/collections/1105

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Female Monks in Thailand 33
Nakhon Pathom, Thailand
By Biel Calderon
30 Apr 2013

A lay woman during her ordination ceremony as Samaneri (buddhist novice nun) at Wat Songkdhammakalayani, the first temple gathering fully ordained nuns in Thailand since 1960. Participants must shave their hair and eyebrows.

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Female Monks in Thailand 25
Nakhon Pathom, Thailand
By Biel Calderon
30 Apr 2013

Dhammavanna Bhikkhuni (center) with new Samaneri (buddhist novice nun) at Wat Songkdhammakalayani, the first temple gathering fully ordained nuns in Thailand since 1960.

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Little Jerusalem in Italy (11 of 19)
Pitigliano, Italy
By Nili Bassan
17 Apr 2013

Pitigliano,Italy.
The new synagogue of Pitigliano.
It was inaugurated in 1990 and was built almost identically to the old synagogue that was destroyed after WWII.

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The Jewish Community in Livorno Article
Livorno, Italy
By Nili Bassan
16 Apr 2013

Livorno is considered the most modern of all the towns of the Tuscany region. It has the biggest port of the region and it is the most populated coastal town. The emblem of the town is the monument of the four “mori” - pirates - a famous sculpture that represents dark-skinned pirates constricted by chains at
the feet of the Grand Duke Ferdinando I. The artwork has been realized during the time in which the town was enhanced itself as cosmopolitan town, through establishment of rules that allows the town to welcome with open arms Jewish people banished from Spain and Portugal. The story of Jewish people living in Livorno starts since that moment. Historical tradition of Livorno and Jewish culture are merged permanently until nowadays and Livorno is defined as the town of Judaism. It was held by Jew family the memorable bookshop and the publishing house named Belforte. Typical dishes the “roschette”,
caucciucco(fish stew) and the Livorno-style mullet are of the Sephardic tradition.

Like the typical words as “sciagattato” – ruined, and “gadollo” - fat or “gavinoso” – funny, which are picked up from the Bagitto and Hebrew dialect and still in use today . Jew was the Mayor of the prefascist town of Livorno, the Socialist Umberto Mondolfi. The list is including religious citizens like Rabbis Elia Benamozegh – was the Rabbi of Livorno for 50 years, Rabbi Sabato Morais and Alfredo Toaff, famous people like the philanthropist Moses Montefiore, sages and intellectuals like Attias, D'Ancona and Enriques, famous painters like Tivoli, Corcos and of course Amedeo Modigliani. These are only few
famous names of the entire Jewish community of Livorno. Livorno is housing of an old Sephardic Synagogue, considered one of the biggest and beautiful Synagogue around the world, it was built in 1591 but seriously damaged by the American bombing in 1945, then it became the goal of several raids during
the last time of second WW, and this led to a complete destruction of the Synagogue itself. The works for the new Synagogue committed to the architect Mr. Angelo di Castro started at the beginning of the sixties, a building of reinforced concrete inspired by the tabernacle (sanctuary tent) that accompanied the Jewish along the desert during the exodus- the new Synagogue has a modern style that it is not well accepted among the Jewish community of Livorno. Whatever, the young Rav Yair Didi religious leader of the community and well known and respected personality in the city is suggesting to not look the outside but the inside of the Synagogue. next to the synagogue is the center or the house of the Jewish community, there is the archive of the community,400 years of documents written in Portuguese, Italian or Hebrew. But the real oral memory is Gabriele Bedarida. He is keeping memories of what was the Jewish Livorno in the past. In the 1938, during the fascism period, before that the King enacted racial laws more than 1500 Jewish people lived in Livorno. More than 120 Jewish people of Livorno were wiped out in the Nazi concentration camps. Many of the people in the Jewish community of Livorno were rescued in the Nazi search, fleeing to the bush, hiding kids in convents, in religious colleges, or finding shelter by antiNazi friends. By the end of the WW II the Jewish community of Livorno had less than 1000 people.

Today there are around 600 Jewish people registered as Jewish community of Livorno, that leads, the community of Livorno to be considered one of the most important Jewish community in Italy after the one in Rome. But the Jewish community of Livorno is an old and aged community with no turnover. The last migration of Sephardic Jews in Livorno is dated to 1967 when due to the six days war many Jews abandoned Arab countries and part arrived in Livorno. Mainly people from the Bengasi community in Libya decided for moving to Livorno. Today the majority of the Jewish community of Livorno is made up by older people with only few young that rarely participate to the life of the community. There are around 70 Jewish people in Livorno that actively attend Jewish liturgies such as Shabbat and even more than 400 persons during Pesach or Yom Kippur. In the last three years 6 young Jews decided to leave Italy to
flee to Israel for aliyah. In the city center and in the market many shops are still run by Jew families: like the Disegni, Zarrugh, Doha, Modigliani, Bueno and Lombardo are some of the common names. On the other hand the Jewish school closed during the fascism has never been reopened and the same destiny
has occurred to the Jewish hospital and after a while to the old cemetery. There is no any Israeli restaurant in Livorno , the last running was closed four years ago. There is a bakery that works under Jewish rules producing bread without milk or animal fat/lard. There is also a kosher batcher that supplies
kosher meet to members of the Jewish community of Livorno. There is a Jewish museum, located in Villa Marini belonged to Marini family until 1867,was used as a synagogue until the new synagogue was open and on 1992 opened as a museum. the small collection is including a Hechal(temple) of the XVI
century,shofar,tallit on the wall are old marriage agreements.

There is an old cemetery closed and in a state of completely decay. The new cemetery is in use and located in the north of the city and it is near the general cemetery. In the new cemetery are the grave of Modeliani family and two memory boards one perpetuates the Jewish people that died during First World War and the other perpetuates the victims of the holocaust.

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The Jewish community in Livorno (10 o...
Livorno, Italy
By Nili Bassan
15 Apr 2013

A view from above of the synagogue in Livorno, Italy, during prayer.

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The Jewish community in Livorno (8 of...
Livorno, Italy
By Nili Bassan
15 Apr 2013

Livorno, Italy, Rabbi Yair Didi, praying at the new synagogue.

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The Jewish community in Livorno (9 of...
Livorno, Italy
By Nili Bassan
15 Apr 2013

Livorno, Italy, Rabbi Yair Didi praying in the Livorno synagogue.

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Maha Shivaratri (Part 4 of 4)
Kathmandu, Nepal
By PIKTO VIDEO
10 Mar 2013

Some footage in Pashupatinath (Nepal) during Maha Shivaratri. A lot of footage available, interviews of saddhus (with translation),...also in 1080i uncompressed.

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Maha Shivaratri (Part 3 of 4)
Kathmandu, Nepal
By PIKTO VIDEO
10 Mar 2013

Some footage in Pashupatinath (Nepal) during Maha Shivaratri. A lot of footage available, interviews of saddhus (with translation),...also in 1080i uncompressed.

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Maha Shivaratri Part (Part 1 of 4)
Kathmandu, Nepal
By PIKTO VIDEO
10 Mar 2013

Some footage in Pashupatinath (Nepal) during Maha Shivaratri. A lot of footage available, interviews of saddhus (with translation),...also in 1080i uncompressed.

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Maha Shivaratri (Part 2 of 4)
Kathmandu, Nepal
By PIKTO VIDEO
10 Mar 2013

Some footage in Pashupatinath (Nepal) during Maha Shivaratri. A lot of footage available, interviews of saddhus (with translation),...also in 1080i uncompressed.

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MAHA SHIVARATRI
Kathmandu, Nepal
By Mais Istanbuli
10 Mar 2013

Some footage in Pashupatinath (Nepal) during Maha Shivaratri. A lot of footage available, interviews of saddhus (with translation)

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20th Anniversary of Babri Mosque Demo...
Ayodhya, Utter Pradesh, India
By newspoint
07 Dec 2012

The 20th anniversary of Babri mosque of Ayodhya. The 6th of December 1992 became a historical date in Indian history. After the demolishment of Babri masque in the Hindu’s spiritually city Ayodhya, a rift created between the two communities (Hindu & Muslim) Ayodhya was prohibited by the Government for a long time.
A superstructure called the Babri mosque standing in the city of Ayodhya, came crashing down. It remains even today a traumatic event for the nation, because modern Indians had not yet been weaned on a true history of India but on the Macaulayian version of the destruction of the structure as criminal vandalism.
However, the real act of vandalism was the superstructure built on a hoary and existing temple, and the vandals came from abroad to demolish the temple, and to build a mosque on the same spot. But temples, once it is shown that (prana prathista puj) wordhip was performed to build it, is where God or the deity resides, and therefore a temple belongs to God forever.
Babri mosque was built as an affront to the Hindus. Otherwise it could have been built anywhere else since namaz can be offered anywhere. Hindus can be proud to have prevailed in history because despite 800 years of Islamic and 200 years of Christian domination, Bharat today is still over 80 per cent of Hindus in population, and a continuing Hindu civilisation.

Byte-Hidu’s (Sant) Pious, Ayodhya, Utter Pradesh
“I don’t want to hurt anyone's feelings. We are doing these programs (Bhajan, Kirtan) merely for build Ram temple at Lord RAM birth place in Ayodhya. The Babri Mosque demolition is not good for Muslims but Babar was to attacker and he attacked both Hindu & Muslims. Place of prayer should not be on anyone name like (Babri mosque) BABRI MASJID.”

Byte- Eye witness, Ayodhya, Utter Pradesh
“I am connected with these cases since 1986. It seems that the Court will not sort out this issue.”

Byte- Eye witness, Ayodhya, Utter Pradesh
“The issue (Temple & Mosque) will not give a chance to Politicians. Whether it is Mulayam Singh Yadav (Leader of Samajwadi Party), Mayawati (Leader of Bahujan Samjwadi Party), Maneka Gandhi (Leader of Bhartiya Janta Party) or Sonia Gandhi (President of UPA). Now it should be stopped. If it continues, then there won’t be any development of Ayodhya”.

Byte-Hidu’s (Sant) Pious, Ayodhya, Utter Pradesh
“At that time we were scared looked at the chaos. But now, I felt that incident was caused by political parties. Now we had forgotten old quarrels and live with love both Hindu & Muslim.”

Byte – Resident, Ayodhya, Utter Pradesh
“ Ayodhya has not developed yet because nobody paid priority of Lord Ramachandra. I am a Muslim guy. I can proudly say that I am a resident of Ayoddhya but there did not any kind of development. People here live in amity. Political parties try to create rift again between two communities, they have failed.”

Local News Agency: News Point TV
Shooting Dateline: December 7th, 2012
Shooting Location: Ayodhya, Utter Pradesh (INDIA)
Publishing Time: December 7th, 2012
Length: 0:6:51
Video Size: 210.3 MB
Language: Hindi

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Kalasha People of Pakistan (18 of 18)
Chitral, Pakistan
By Jodi Hilton
01 Jul 2008

Kalash woman and girl look through the doors of a Kalash temple. Brun Village, Bumburet Valley, Chitral Region, Pakistan.

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Palmyra Ruins, Syria 2007
Palmyra, Syria
By Martin Jay
03 Mar 2007

This video shot in 2007 in Syria, shows ruins in the archaeological site of the city of Palmyra.
ISIS jihadists seized control of Palmyra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the surrounding area from Syrian government forces in May 2015. Since then, the group had released many videos showing the blow up of antiquities in the city.