It’s True: Spaniards Do Festivals Way Better Than You

When most think of festivals, images of various greasy foods, overpriced alcohol and some sort of music come to mind. And that’s all true in Spain, too, but in Tarragona, things are a bit different. At these festivals–which take place every two years–participants will compete with one another to form an incredibly tall and intricate castell, or human tower. Watch what happens in the video above.

The Most Extreme Tribal Traditions Still Practiced Today

World history has always been a story of blending and clashing cultures, but globalization and its technologies have made these events seem specific to our time. Nowadays people are not only intrigued by cultures vastly different from their own, but also have almost instant access to learn more about them, and appropriate some of their traditions. That being said, there are still some tribes whose traditions are still exclusively theirs. Here are a handful of them.

Lip Plates

Body modifications involving the lips are quite a common sight these days. But when compared to lip plates, your punk cousin seems tame. Also known as lip plugs or lip discs, lip plates are quite well-known all over the world. The procedure involves piercing a hole, typically in the lower lip, and then fitting a small plate inside it. As the lip becomes more and more stretched out, the plate gets replaced with a larger one.

Tribal Traditions Mursi

Mursi woman wearing traditional lip plate Source: Wikipedia

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Society’s Dropouts: 48 Eye-Opening Photos Of America’s 1970s Hippie Communes

Mystic Arts hippie commune

This iconic photograph shows The Bray Family reading bedtime stories at the Mystic Arts commune reading bedtime stories in Sunny Valley, Oregon, in 1969. Photography by John Olson Source: View Liner ltd

Throughout the late 1960s and 1970s, a deep-seated social discontent developed among young people in the United States. These were men who’d been forced to fight a war they didn’t believe in only to return home to a country that didn’t want them. The country was filled with college graduates lacking any job prospects, young women who refused to lead their mothers’ lives, and the myth of an “equal” society that couldn’t seem to shake it’s nasty history of segregation and inequality.

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Handmade Goods: Where Art Meets Practicality

What do you do when your MFA doesn’t catapult you into the height of the literary scene? If you’re Joel Bukiewicz of Cut Brooklyn, you go into the handmade knife business. At first glance it sounds a bit odd, but the process of physically creating something by yourself and for someone else is a lot like writing. But unlike experimental poetry, a majority of people find knives useful.

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